Report: Chinese team making hard push to sign former Suns player Mike James
After getting cut by the Phoenix Suns, Mike James already has an offer for a new job. The Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association are reportedly making a strong push to sign the 27-year-old free-agent point guard.
League sources say Guangdong is making a hard push to convince ex-Suns guard Mike James to sign in China. James, of course, has been searching for a new NBA home since the 27-year-old rookie parted ways with Phoenix last week.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 27, 2017
James made a bit of history as he became the first player ever to graduate from a two-way contract to a standard NBA contract. However, his joy was short-lived as he was cut just a couple weeks after signing his new deal.
James averaged 10.4 points and 3.8 assists in 20.9 minutes during his 32 games with the Suns. He impressed early on in the year as he got the opportunity to play due to Eric Bledsoe’s departure from the team. But he was unable to maintain that level of play and was eventually made expendable by the emergence of Isaiah Canaan.
Prior to earning his way into the Suns’ roster, James had played the last five years all across Europe, with Croatia, Italy, Spain, and Greece among his stops.
The Guangdong Southern Tigers are one of the most successful teams in China. Their current roster features Chinese superstar Yi Jianlian and former NBA big man Andrew Nicholson. However, James might be more inclined to wait for another opportunity in the NBA before accepting a job overseas.