The Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks announced Stephon Marbury’s departure on Friday, terminating his two-year contract due to the dispute of Marbury’s role and salary in the next season. The contract included a team option for Marbury as a player or an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. After several rounds of negotiations, Marbury turned down the assistant coach offer, insisting to play for another season before the team decided to terminate the contract.
In the letter, Marbury indicated that he will still play in the CBA for the next season. “I appreciate them allowing me to keep competing and winning in this great league the CBA. I have not decided which team yet…but there is one thing I’m 100% sure of no matter the team I play for the love between me and the club is always there, we will keep working with each other in the future,” wrote Marbury.
Near the end of the season, Jimmer scored 73 points in one game and was named the league’s most valuable player. None of it seems to have impressed the NBA, which is something that still rankles Al. He can cite you chapter and verse on a wide variety of statistics that show Jimmer could be a force in the NBA. If anyone would know, it would be Al. A couple teams offered Jimmer 10-day contracts when he returned, but Jimmer was content to stay home with Whitney and their new daughter, Wesley. Mother and daughter are doing fine.
Al says Shanghai wants Jimmer back to play next year, but it would probably have to improve on the $1.1 million salary from this year. Incidentally, that was after the team paid the taxes. Jimmer also got a three-year endorsement deal from a Chinese sneaker company for $345,000 and another $300,000 in bonuses. Beijing has already made an offer for next year.
Steve Popper: Marbury said he will finish playing career in China next year and then coach – maybe return to NBA as head coach. Get interview with NYK?
The NBA is returning to China for preseason action. The Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves are scheduled to meet in Shenzhen on Oct. 5 and Shanghai on Oct. 8. This marks the Timberwolves’ first time taking part in the NBA Global Games in China and the Warriors’ third time. They played in 2008 and 2013 as well. After these Warriors-Wolves tilts, 14 NBA teams will have played 24 games in China, which has become the unofficial epicenter of the games’ growth.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that NBA Global Games China 2017 presented by Master Kong will feature two preseason games in China between the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Warriors and Timberwolves will play Oct. 5 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, followed by a rematch in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 8.