For the third consecutive season, the Sharks’ season has been thrown into chaos following the injury to a star American guard. Two years ago, it was Ryan Forehan-Kelly then Gilbert Arenas’ infamous problems with his groin in 2012 and now Von Wafer will also be forced to end his season early following an injury if reports from Sina Sports are to be believed.
Although he was able to play the entirety of the Sharks road win against Qingdao, a subsequent medical exam on Wafer found that the guard had fractured his bones in his arm and will need three months to recover. The Sharks, haunted by the collapse of last year’s season by trying to bring back Arenas, have acted swiftly; Wafer is gone and the hunt for a replacement guard is now on.
Who exactly that might be remains to be seen. The most tantalizing option would be to chase Quincy Douby, currently with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League but it remains to be seen what funds could be generated to bring the shooting guard back to China. Other than Douby, who last year broke the CBA scoring record with 75 points against Shanxi, there is not a clear guard to target that isn’t currently employed in China.
The Sharks have reportedly given themselves a week to have the new recruit in a Shanghai uniform but they will have already played games against Jiangsu and Bayi.