“We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in our league who are from one of the impacted countries. The NBA is a global league and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world.”
While the State Department is yet to respond to the NBA directly with clarification, subsequent diplomatic deals – as well as quirks of geography – seem to suggest that both Maker and Deng will indeed be exempt from the sweeping immigration ban.
— Luol Deng (@LuolDeng9) January 30, 2017
The immigration ban has already affected two American basketballers, Joseph Jones and J.P. Prince, who play professionally in Iran. The pair are reportedly stranded in Dubai after Iran issued a reactionary ban on US immigration in response to Trump’s executive order.