HoopsHype China rumors


March 1, 2015 Updates

Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Guangdong Southern Tigers are down two games to the Beijing Ducks in a best-of-five semi-finals series. So in this must-win game three, they are making a change to bring back 19-year-old Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay played the first 10 games with Guangdong before going down with a knee injury, keeping him out for the remainder of the season. Former Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum came in as his replacement and led the Southern Tigers to a perfect season not losing one-game with him at point-guard. Guangdong will drop American forward Jeff Adrien going with an all-American backcourt, Mudiay and Bynum. In his short CBA career, Mudiay averaged 17 points per game and six assists. Bynum was an instant success for Guangdong, he’s averaging 23 points and seven assists per contest. Basketball Buddha

February 19, 2015 Updates

In a new ad set to debut during Friday’s Spurs-Warriors game, the NBA is honoring the Chinese New Year. The commercial features James Harden and Jeremy Lin visiting a fan’s house to honor the holiday, which begins this week. The commercial is colorful and entertaining but is also a bit strategic for the league — as they point out on their YouTube page, China has the largest international NBA fan base. Another video posted to the league’s YouTube page shows a variety of “bloopers” that happened in the filming of the ad, including Dwyane Wade and Steph Curry having a bit of trouble with their lines. For The Win

February 17, 2015 Updates

Wafer was forced into this very public statement after Shanxi’s 106-98 road loss to Qingdao in the CBA playoff quarter-finals. The result ensured that the Dragons were eliminated from the postseason without winning a game. However, it was Wafer’s actions during the third and final game of the series that have captured the headlines. With Shanxi staring at elimination, the guard was ejected for hard fouling Qingdao point guard Luo Xudong. Then, as he was sent from the court, Wafer picked up a chair and threw it against a wall before exiting through the player’s tunnel. SheridanHoops

In the aftermath of the series, several players were fined for their actions but Wafer has taken the brunt of the punishment following his foul on Luo and then the throwing of the chair afterwards. Not only was he fined 50,000 RMB (roughly $8,000), he has also been given a six-game ban from all CBA games. It is the ban that presents the biggest problem for the American. Given that the CBA regular season is so short, the absence of a star overseas player like Wafer for that many games is a huge disadvantage. SheridanHoops

Serbian big man Miroslav Raduljica spoke with Sport24.gr about his experience in China, his return to the NBA, his future and the next Eurobasket with Serbia National Team. (...) After China, you signed with the Timberwolves. How was your coming back to the NBA? to play along with Nikola Pekovic? To belong at the elite, to play against the best? I felt very good being in NBA again, but it went little rough with the Wolves because in my opinion I didn’t get a chance to prove that my ankle is good or bad to stay there. I had an injury in China which turned out that isn’t healed very good there and I couldn’t get guaranteed contract until the end of the season, but again, I feel very sorry that I didn’t get the chance to play little more when I was there. Sportando

Now, you got back at Beograd. Which is the next goal of yours? Are you talking with European teams? You prefer to try and find again a contract in the NBA? There are some rumors that a greek team approached you? Is it true? My next goal is to heal my ankle totally so I can be ready for whatever comes next. That is most important thing for me right now. I didn’t talk directly to European teams (Greek teams too) but they showed some interest in me although I was waiting to see how situation with the Wolves will end up. It ended like you all know, but I decided that my health is most important. I will see when my recovery will end up and I’ll try to choose what is best for me in that moment. That means quality of team and time I got until the end of the season that team is in. Sportando

February 14, 2015 Updates
February 12, 2015 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Some NBA teams are interested in Dominique Jones. He played very well in China, averaging 36.8 points, 8.4 assists, 7.8 boards, 2.7 steals. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

February 11, 2015 Updates

The 6-foot Bynum is 32 years old and spent the previous five seasons with the Detroit Pistons as an offensive spark plug off the bench. He averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists in 18.9 minutes per game in his five years in Detroit. Wall was also asked about Bynum specifically. “I like his game, I like the things he can do,” Wall said. “He can run the team, he can make shots, he can get into the paint. He just plays with the competitive nature I’ve seen playing against him when he was with the Pistons.” Washington Post

February 9, 2015 Updates

Will Bynum: This 6-0 guard is the primary target among overseas talent. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, also has Bradley Beal. Bartelstein contacted the Wizards to gauge if there was any interest in Bynum when he returns from China, where he's currently playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Bynum was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Boston Celtics, who waived him, this season and hasn't played in the NBA. This is why the Wizards can wait for him and aren't confined to the March 1 deadline. Bynum has been a pro since 2005, playing two seasons in Israel after spending his first season with the Golden State Warriors when he played in just 15 games. Bynum spent 2008-14 with the Detroit Pistons where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists. There's "a lot" of interest in Bynum but this is clearly the guy the Wizards want if Allen doesn't pan out. And there's no indication at this point that Allen will. CSNWashington.com

February 7, 2015 Updates

Everybody in the NBA wants top get their hands on the next Hassan Whiteside — a late bloomer who been a force in the middle for the Miami Heat. The guy who may fit that profile is Eli Holman, formerly of the University of Detroit and now playing in China where he finished one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 1 of his team’s first-round playoff series. There are some remarkable similarities between their stories. But whether Holman jumps to the NBA after the Chinese playoffs or remains overseas remains an open question. For now, I have heard that there are three NBA teams interested, but that number should grow after Holman’s near triple-double of 15 points, 16 rebounds, and nine assists in Game 1 of the Guangsha-Liaonang series. Holman is 25, like Whiteside, and other similarities are remarkably coincidental, to say the least. SheridanHoops

February 4, 2015 Updates
February 3, 2015 Updates

When Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum can't sleep on cross country flights he cues up Zhejiang Golden Bulls games on his computer and watches the Bulls' high-scoring guard light up the competition in the Chinese Basketball Association. Zhejian point guard Errick McCollum, CJ's older brother, is the leading scorer in the Chinese Basketball Association and last Friday set a CBA scoring record with 82 points in a loss to the Guangdong Tigers. Oregonian

CJ keeps close tabs on his older brother's game, following the stats online when he can't watch. "That's my guy, that's my road dog. He's my mentor," CJ McCollum said on Monday. "We always stay together when I go home. We work out together every day. He's a guy that pushes me and I push him to become as good as possible. I'd say we have a really good relationship. We probably talk every day or every other day even though he's in China. That's my guy. I love him to death." The McCollum brothers last played together when Errick was a senior and CJ a freshman at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio. But their basketball careers have taken decidedly different paths. Oregonian

"We're the same player he's just a little bit smaller than me. That's the honest to God truth. We've been working out together forever," CJ said. "If you watched us play and you didn't see the numbers and you didn't know it was in China you'd think it was me. If you watched me play you'd think it was him." Oregonian

What is an issue for the Nets is frontcourt depth. Mirza Teletovic is out for the season with bilateral pulmonary embolus, or blood clots in his lungs, and Kevin Garnett has seen his minutes reduced as the season’s gone on. Garnett was down to 17.4 minutes per game in January and Brooklyn could use another player in its big man rotation. “Anybody he brings in,” guard Darius Morris said of general manager Billy King, “it’s because they feel who can help the team. So I’d be happy.” King spoke to the Nets’ website before Monday’s game and indicated that the team would not be making any trades before the All-Star Break. But in the few days before the trade deadline, Blatche could certainly take up one of Brooklyn’s potentially vacant roster spots. SheridanHoops

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.