With speculation mounting about his free agency status, Yi Jianlian was forced to release a statement last Monday. In it, the captain of the Chinese national team confirmed that he had not re-signed with the Guangdong Tigers despite his looming free agency but that talks were set to begin soon.
But the announcement, designed to put Tigers fans at ease, underlines a growing concern that Yi might not actually agree to a deal. The ramifications were this to happen would be huge and if Yi did indeed go elsewhere, it essentially spells the end for one of Chinese basketball’s most successful rosters. Continue reading
The oft used quote that those who don’t learn from their history are only doomed to repeat it seems particularly apt in Xinjiang right now. The Tigers, forever looking to win their first ever CBA title, once again broke out the checkbook early on in the year to build up star-studded line-up. Liu Wei, Cao Fei, Zhou Qi, Jordan Crawford and Andray Blatche all arrived at the start of the year and yet the team is 9-4 when they were expecting to be 13-0. The reality is that in the industrial city of Urumqi, it is title or bust and their constantly anxious fan base is now once again calling for something to be done to get the team back on track. Continue reading
Well that was quick.
So with seven games of the season played, the Shanghai Sharks announced that they have cut Delonte West due to various injury issues. The former Fujian player, who had averaged 26.2 points, 5.6 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 steals in 2013, had struggled since moving to the Yuanshen. In five appearances, he was going for a disappointing 10 points and 1.2 assists a game before the axe fell yesterday. The Sharks, who are at 1-6 for the season and very much a team in rebuild mode, probably won’t care too much given that it will mean more minutes for twenty-four year old Ge Yang to develop.
In one of the weirdest CBA signings in the last few years, Sun Yue has completed his move to the Beijing Ducks from the renegade Chinese team, the Beijing Olympians. The move is still not confirmed by either team but Sina Sports is claiming the deal is basically completed. Continue reading
The Shanxi Dragons have completed the retooling of their overseas roster following the acquisition of former Bobcats/Hornets and Sixers big man, BJ Mullins. The signing now means the Dragons have a pretty formidable trio of imports and Mullins will slot in well next to Zaid Abbas and Von Wafer. Continue reading
Metta World Peace might soon be coming to China if reports in America and China are to be believed. According to Sina Sports, Sichuan Blue Whales’ GM Jie Geng flew to Los Angeles earlier this week to discuss terms on a deal with World Peace, who had also been receiving offers from China, courtesy of the Xinjiang Tigers, and teams from Turkey. Jie confirmed to Sina that the team had originally been looking to pick up a center but the American would be an ideal alternative and would allow them to start one of their young big men alongside World Peace. Continue reading
Fresh after making their first ever run to the CBA postseason, the Tianjin Lions, formerly one of the league’s most moribund teams, this morning took a further step into respectability with the signing of Quincy Douby. Continue reading
According to a variety of reports in China, the Zhejiang Bulls will be signing American power forward Charles Gaines in the coming days. For the Bulls, who have flattered to deceive for several years, the recruitment of Gaines suggests a more back to basics approach for the upcoming season. Continue reading
Zaid Abbas had played for five different CBA teams. All of them made the play-offs in the season the Jordanian was there. To say he has the magic touch would be an understatement and the all-action power forward has become a lucky charm to a team looking to bounce back from a bad season.
Last season’s worst team, the Qingdao Eagles, have made their first foreign signing of the year, bringing in Euro League point guard, Justin Dentmon.
The Eagles, who will be most well-known to western audiences as the team that signed Tracy McGrady two years ago, ran most of their offense through Josh Akognon, and Dentmon will find himself plugged into the same role as Qingdao look to improve from a 5-29 season in 2013.
Dentmon last played in Lithuania, averaging 15.3ppg . Before moving to Europe, he bounced around the NBA for three years with San Antonio, Dallas and Toronto, playing garbage time minutes with all three teams.