There are concerns that Tencent, the NBA's streaming partner in China, could face business interruptions following an executive order signed by Donald Trump last week.
Tencent has a five-year, $1.5 billion deal to stream NBA games in China, which was signed last China.
The executive order claims Tencent’s WeChat app poses a threat to U.S. “national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States” and bans U.S. companies from doing business with it. It remains unclear if Trump's executive order is narrowly tailored to WeChat or all of Tencent.
The NBA says it has 1.4 million followers on Tencent’s WeChat, though that pales in comparison to its 44 million followers on its Weibo.
The NBA's relationship with China has been on shaky ground since Daryl Morey's Tweet in support of Hong Kong.
Adam Silver suggested in February the NBA’s business in China isn’t permanently damaged, and he added the league accepts “the consequences of our system and our values.”