HoopsHype Rashad McCants rumors

December 10, 2010 Updates

Sources in both China and the United States confirmed to NiuBBall.com that Liaoning had been negotiating a deal to bring McCants to northeastern China for the upcoming season, but with the season opener only two days away, the club opted instead to play it conservative by going with the more familiar Smith, who has been in the country with the team since earlier this week on a try-out. Though the team had serious interest in McCants, the fact that Smith was physically present with the club was a major reason why the Hunters, nervous about signing another import in time for their first game on Sunday, came to their final decision. NiuBBall.com

Besides their familiarity with Smith, economics appears to have also contributed to Liaoning’s decision to go away from McCants and his $45,000 buyout clause, which would have had to be paid in order to release him from his contract with the Legends on top of a large annual salary. NiuBBall.com

December 9, 2010 Updates

After appearing in just three games with the NBA D-League's Texas Legends, Rashad McCants is off to China. One of McCants' representatives, Washington-based Lindsey Maxwell, told ESPNDallas.com in an email Thursday that McCants has elected to accept a lucrative offer from an unspecified Chinese team after the Mavericks declined to provide the former lottery pick any assurances about eventually securing a roster spot with them. ESPN.com

"This offer [from China] was promptly communicated to my client and he immediately asked me to contact the Mavericks' organization to explain the situation and to give them the opportunity to match it, offer him a roster spot or some assurances of a roster spot in Dallas," Maxwell wrote. "After some discussions between myself, [Mavericks president of basketball operations and Legends co-owner] Donnie Nelson and [Legends GM] Spud Webb, my client decided that he should explore his options in China. That process is ongoing and we hope to have that deal finalized later today." ESPN.com

Heard this: Mavs' D-League affiliate (Texas Legends) informed today that NBA vet Rashad McCants plans to accept lucrative Chinese offer Twitter

December 8, 2010 Updates

Cuban on how seriously Dallas is looking at shooting guard Rashad McCants as a prospective signee, with McCants unexpectedly coming off the bench for the Legends largely because Jones is there on assignment: "We wanted to see Rashad. [We know] he can shoot. Now we've just got to see how focused he is. Is it important enough for him to come out here and work on both sides of the court? As opposed to, 'I'm just going shoot, it's going to go in and then I'm going to wave to the crowd.' " ESPN.com

November 30, 2010 Updates

The on-again, off-again recruitment of shooting guard Rashad McCants is definitely on again. The former NBA first-round draftee arrived in town late Sunday night and is expected to be in uniform for the Frisco-based Texas Legends in their home opener tonight at Dr Pepper Arena. "We couldn't be more excited about Rashad joining the Legends," co-owner Donnie Nelson said. "Although he passed up more money overseas, I think he made a wise decision. The D-League is simply the quickest, most direct path to the NBA, and that's where he belongs." Dallas Morning News

The maximum salary in the D-League is $25,500 – well shy of the $2.6 million McCants earned in his last season in the NBA with Minnesota and Sacramento in 2008-09 – but the source said McCants intends to donate his Legends checks to the Urban Born youth and teen charity foundation (www.urbanborn.org). The Legends ultimately envision McCants slotting into the backcourt next to Daniels, with Gaines at small forward, Alexander at power forward and Williams at center. They are 2-1 after recovering from a nationally televised season-opening loss to the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers with two weekend road wins over the Idaho Stampede. ESPN.com

November 29, 2010 Updates

Rashad McCants, the 14th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, has reported to the NBA Development League's Texas Legends and should be in uniform Tuesday when the team hosts the San Antonio Spurs-owned Austin Toros for its home opener. McCants, whose rights were acquired by the Legends due to a new D-League rule that allows NBA teams the ability to allocate three players cut during training camp to their D-League affiliate, missed the first three games of the Legends' schedule while weighing his other options that were rumored to include more lucrative overseas offers. Typically playing outside of the U.S. ends in a case of "out of sight, out of mind," however, and McCants is currently committed to returning to the NBA, seeing the NBA Development League as the quickest way possible. "I think that playing in the D-League is the quickest option to return to the NBA," McCants told FanHouse. "My decision to stay in the states and enter the D-League was solely based upon my family needs and working with the underprivileged youth and misunderstood kids." FanHouse.com

One of McCants' advisers, E. Lindsey Maxwell II, sees McCants' decision to play in the D-League as a solid opportunity to return to the NBA. "We are happy that he has continued to work to improve both on and off the court. He has taken great steps to surround himself with people who enhance his work ethic," Maxwell said. "He has a good team in place around him. He is clearly the most NBA ready player in the D-League, and we see this as a solid first step in getting him back to the league." FanHouse.com

Former NBA lottery pick Rashad McCants arrived in Dallas right around midnight Sunday and will officially join the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate for his first practice Monday, according to team sources. Barring any snags, McCants is expected to be in the lineup Tuesday when the Nancy Lieberman-coached Texas Legends play their home opener against the Austin Toros. ESPN.com

November 27, 2010 Updates

Marc Stein: And finally some D-League news before tonight's sked unfurls: Texas Legends (Mavs' affiliate) expect Rashad McCants to finally report Sunday Twitter

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McCants’ camp may be a bit peeved by his lack of a proper tryout with the Mavs, but at this stage, that only makes sense. McCants and his agent — Lindsey Maxwell — are pursuing NBA leads, the coveted endgame of almost everyone in the D-League. That’s exactly what every NBA hopeful should be doing, and no one can blame McCants for trying to find a way into the L. Not even his would-be coach with the Legends, Nancy Lieberman. “I have to tell you: how can you argue with the fact that [McCants'] agent is exploring all potential possibilities for him?” Lieberman said. “That’s the mark of a good agent. I don’t think anybody should read into it. I think he has the ability to take a look. He has the time to take a look.” “I would do the same thing Rashad McCants is doing. He’s got an agent, he’s got to look at all of his options, and then he’ll make a choice on where he needs to be.” The Two Man Game

November 4, 2010 Updates

McCants has to play for the Legends if he wants to play in the D-League this season after they acquired his rights through the NBA's new D-League allocation rules. Yet one of his advisers told ESPNDallas.com on Wednesday night that the 26-year-old continues to hold out hope of landing an NBA job. According to Percy Miller -- widely known as Master P from his days as a rap artist -- McCants has received interest from "a couple NBA teams." Miller declined to name the teams but left the distinct impression that McCants intends to play out every NBA possibility, however remote, before reporting to the Legends. ESPN.com

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