Lance Stephenson, KJ McDaniels among former players participating in East Asia Super League
The upcoming East Asia Super League Terrific-12, a 12-team tournament composed of some of the best local teams from participating nations in the region, continues to gain steam. Recently, it was announced that former NBA players Lance Stephenson and KJ McDaniels will be two of the most noteworthy names that will star in the multi-national tournament. This is via Gerry Ramos of spin.ph.
Stephenson, who averaged 7.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 68 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, has had no firm interest from NBA teams as a free agent this summer, which has led to his decision to take his talents to Asia for the time being. He will be joining the roster of the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, alongside another former NBA veteran in Brandon Bass.
As for McDaniels, he will be serving as the non-local import of Philippine Basketball Association side TnT Katropa, as the team makes its debut run in the East Asia Super League. The last we saw of McDaniels in the NBA was in the 2016-17. He started the campaign with the Houston Rockets, but was traded to the Brooklyn Nets mid-season. The former Clemson standout holds career averages of 5.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 148 total games played in the span of three seasons in the league.
The East Asia Super League kicks off on September 17, while the championship game is scheduled on September 22.