Norris Cole leaves NBA to sign with Shangdon Golden Stars in China
After the lack of interest he generated from teams this offseason, veteran point guard Norris Cole has decided to bring his talents overseas. The Cleveland State product has reportedly agreed to play for the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Sam Amico of FoxSports Ohio:
NBA free agent guard Norris Cole (Cleveland State) has signed to play in China. Contract believed to have NBA out.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) October 5, 2016
The NBA-out clause included in his contract will allow the 27-year-old to go back to the NBA without complications if an NBA team goes on to sign him.
Cole was linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer after Mo Williams made up his mind and ultimately decided to hang up his sneakers for good. But the rumors never got enough traction and the Cavs moved on and signed Toney Douglas to address their backcourt depth.
The former 28th overall pick of the 2011 draft last played for the New Orleans Pelicans but only appeared in 45 games while being hampered by injuries last season.
Norris Cole owns career NBA averages of 7.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 26.6 minutes per game. The 6-foot-2 guard now has a chance to resurrect his career in China and prove that he still belongs in the NBA.