The road that separates Pooh Jeter and Turkish team Galatasaray is now too long. The point guard is coming back to China to finalize a contract extension with Chinese team Shandong Lions for the fourth consecutive season, source told Sportando. At the end of the CBA, Pooh Jeter’s contract expired and GM for Shandong declared not to have the intention to keep him because of his age, but in the last days he suddenly changed his mind and started to work on an extension that now is very close. Jeter is absolutely respected and considered like a leader in China. He will sign another important contract and will try to push the team to the CBA playoffs.
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We witnessed the developments in Ukraine with Fratello and Volkov’s departure in the foreground. The first question that comes to mind is whether he will compete in the upcoming Eurobasket with the national team of Ukraine. Pooh Jeter: “I’m not going to play with the national team this summer. One reason is that Fratello and Volkov are not on the team. The last two summers were great. It was a great chance for me to help a team that hadn’t achieved something major to play well in a Eurobasket and qualify to a World Cup. I have a history with the team since 2008 and I’ve been through a lot with all the guys there. I remember that most people had predicted that we would be last in the rankings.
What does the future hold for you? Is your priority to stay in Europe or to return to China? Pooh Jeter: “I will sit and look at my options with my agent B.J. Armstrong when the season is over. It’s a very possible scenario that I sign with Shandong and return to China. It will be my 4th season there. I started my professional career in Europe, the last few summers I played against the best point guards in the world and I showed what I’m capable of. I was opposite players like Irving, Derrick Rose, Goran Dragic, all the top Spanish guards and all the top European players in general.
After finishing his successful tour of duty in China, Pooh Jeter is ready to return to Europe with a deal until the end of the season. The American guard has a lot of European offers on the table, but according to Eurohoops sources his most advanced discussions are with Limoges in France. If Jeter were to finalize the deal, it would clearly be one of the bigger name, end-of-season signings in Europe this year, and a major boost to the title hopes of one of the most respected teams in the French League.
Marc J. Spears: Ex-NBA point guard @Pooh Jeter returns from playing in China to his hometown of LA on Tuesday night & hopes to return to the NBA this season. Pooh Jeter played well against several NBA guards this past summer playing for Ukraine in the World Cup averaging 15.4 points & 5 assists.
Shandong Lions’ season will be ended in the next hours, because the team failed to reach playoffs. Pooh Jeter’s contract with the team is over the Shandong will not try to re-sign him, according to the coach. “Jeter is very good but now Shandong needs to evaluate the team’s point guard”