Report: Chinese team making hard push to sign former Suns player Mike James
Connect with us

Report: Chinese team making hard push to sign former Suns player Mike James

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.

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.