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Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, Hornets’ Chris Paul: China A Lockout Option

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(credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

(credit: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony may follow loosely in Nets guard Deron Williams’ footsteps.

Williams signed a deal to play basketball in Turkey earlier this month. Now, Anthony says he will consider offers to play pro basketball in China if there is no resolution to the NBA lockout.

Consider NBA star Chris Paul on board with Melo’s plan.

Both players are on a promotional tour of China while monitoring news from home about the NBA’s labor impasse.

With Kobe Bryant reportedly also negotiating a deal to play in Turkey, Anthony and Paul said they were also considering overseas moves.

Asked by SNTV where they would go, Anthony replied “China.” Paul said “Same, no question.”

The answers may have been designed to compliment their hosts, but Anthony added “it’s a lot of history here, the fans are great; why not, why not try it out?”

Anthony and Paul, both members of the U.S. squad which won the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, continued their Hong Kong visit Wednesday before moving on to mainland China.

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