Shanghai Sharks Rumors
Calvin Watkins: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he expects to give some of his veteran players some good minutes for the first preseason game against the Shanghai Sharks on Sunday. D’Antoni wants the Rockets to develop some chemistry quickly but will use the final two preseason games as more of a dress rehearsal. “Give them a good run, see how the game goes,” D’Antoni said Saturday. “I’m a believer we’re there to get them better. They got to play with each other, we have a hard (regular season) schedule to start, so it’s not like we can just kinda lull into it, we got to get them ready.”
Calvin Watkins: The Houston Rockets will open their exhibition schedule Oct. 2 against the Shanghai Sharks at the Toyota Center. The Sharks are owned by former Rocket and newly elected Hall of Famer Yao Ming. The Rockets will also play two games in China against the New Orleans Pelicans as part of the NBA Global Games China 2016 on Oct. 9 in Shanghai and Oct. 12 in Beijing.
Fredette, the 2011 national player of the year and NCAA scoring champion out of BYU, played most recently for the New York Knicks on a 10-day contract last season. He drew free-agent interest from NBA teams this summer, according to sources, but hadn’t found a steady role in the league since being selected 10th overall in the 2011 NBA draft.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Source: Jimmer Fredette, former #10 overall NBA draftee, agreed to sign in China with Yao Ming owned Shanghai Sharks.
Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele, the 16th overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a league source. With bonuses, Yabusele could make up to $1.5 million next season, the source said. The Celtics will still hold Yabusele’s NBA rights.