Yet, shockingly, he’s still unsigned in late August and is considering overseas interest from China for the first half of the NBA season. So why hasn’t Boozer signed yet? “What Boozer scores on the offensive end, he quickly gives back on defense,” one NBA general manager told SheridanHoops.
Williams also never expected that his standout play at last month’s NBA Summer League would not parlay into a NBA contract. The former Phoenix North High star still is getting a lucrative deal but it will be in Qingdao, where he will play for the Double Star Eagles in a port city of 2.7 million people. “It gave me financial stability, which is something a lot of people don’t get in their first year,” Williams said. “It gives me an opportunity to go out there and develop my game more and play for a pretty good team. Culturally, I get to go to a whole different continent and see how they play.”
“It (China) was never a big thought in my mind,” Williams said. “After I played well in Vegas, I thought I’d be in the NBA. “I guess I was kind of shocked. I was confused why I didn’t have some guaranteed offers. I know nothing is promised. I wasn’t upset. I just thought, ‘It’s part of the plan.’ The goal is to play basketball and at the end of the day, I get to get paid to do what I love to do and travel a bit. While I’m young, I can grow as a player and a man.”
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