As anticipated, Shanghai Sharks have moved to sign Ryan Kelly in a move that has not even been announced by the club website, along with its helpful decision not to publicise the results of its pre-season games in Zhijiang eithier (thanks, guys).
Shanghai Daily are reporting that the club have moved to sign thirty-one year old free agent, Ryan Kelly after the former Berkley player impressed during its preseason and was generally an almighty pain in the arse for whoever had to keep him under control during those games. The small forward, also known as Ryan Foreham-Kelly, will be returning to China, having previously played for Jiangsu Dragons in two different spells, and has also mixed it up Venezuela, Mexico and Croatia. Whilst having little or no NBA playing experience, the 6″6 American has bounced around the D-League, including coach Dan Panaggio’s LA D-Fenders.
Having played a part in leading Jiangsu to the CBA finals in 2004, Kelly, who can also play scoring guard, will be a cost-effective (by the standards of the Martin et al signings) foreign important that is already familiar with Chinese basketball and will add stability to a reasonably youthful Sharks roster.