Mike James became officially a free agent, after agreeing to part ways with CSKA Moscow, the team announced Saturday. James spent the second part of the 2020-21 season with the Brooklyn Nets. He started the year with the EuroLeague giants, being among the top performers in the competition.
The Los Angeles Lakers are actively surveying the landscape to eventually fill out the roster with more depth, and have done so in recently working out Isaiah Thomas, Darren Collison and Mike James, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
A signing is not imminent, sources said. The Lakers could also elect to bring players into training camp to fight for the last few roster spots.
Nets guard Mike James will not return to his European team for as long as coach Dimitris Itoudis remains at the helm, CSKA Moscow team president Andrey Vatutin told the Russian Match. Itoudis and James reportedly had an in-game dispute in March that led to James’ suspension and opportunity to join the Nets on two 10-day contracts that were extended through the end of the season.
Mike James wants to stay in the NBA rather than return to CSKA, and Eurohoops reported the Russian team is willing to let him stay and negotiate a buyout in the summer. The Nets can contribute $800,000 to a buyout.
Shams Charania: The Brooklyn Nets are signing guard Mike James to a deal for the remainder of the season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. James has been productive over two 10-day contracts.
Brian Lewis: Steve Nash on whether Mike James will be picked up beyond his 10-day and kept for the playoffs: “I’d imagine he’s going to be with us, but I can’t confirm anything.” #Nets
According to Eurohoops sources, the Brooklyn Nets are planning to sign Mike James for the rest of the season and through the NBA playoffs once his second 10-day contract expires on May 13. James signed his second 10-day contract with Brooklyn on Monday. The 30-year old guard is averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 assists in seven games with the Nets so far this season. His best game came against the Blazers on April 30 where he scored a season-high 15 points.
The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Mike James to a second 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. James (6’1”, 195) signed his first 10-day contract with Brooklyn on April 23 and has appeared in six games for the Nets, recording averages of 6.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 17.2 minutes per game. In 42 NBA games with Brooklyn, New Orleans and Phoenix, he holds career averages of 8.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 18.8 minutes per contest.
Shams Charania: Euroleague guard Mike James is signing a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets this week, pending clearance of health and safety protocols, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Much-needed G depth for the Nets.
As it’s officially announced, CSKA Moscow and Mike James’ agents finalized the talks which will permit the 30 years old guard to join the Nets with a contract until the end of the season. According to the press release of CSKA: “Our club and guard Mike James have come to an agreement that will allow the player to become a free agent until the end of the 2020-21 season”. The Brooklyn Nets are not yet mentioned, but multiple sources, including those of Eurohoops, confirm the deal.
James is in New York and is on the radar of both the Nets and Knicks. And while sources have confirmed that Brooklyn is interested in James and in talks, both Eurohoops and mibaloncesto.com have gone a step further and reported that a deal is completed between the Nets and the veteran guard for the rest of the season. “Mike is on a list of guys that they’re looking at,” a source had told The Post. But reports coming out of Europe have claimed a deal is done, with the New York Times saying they’re in advanced talks that could be completed by Tuesday.
Marc Stein: The Nets are in advanced talks to sign the former Phoenix and New Orleans guard Mike James, league sources say, with a deal possible as early as Tuesday. After a tumultuous season with CSKA Moscow, James was recently released from his CSKA contract to pursue NBA opportunities.
Chema de Lucas: Mike James will play with the Brooklyn Nets until the end of the season. Immediate incorporation. Nets interest in the CSKA Moscow player was first reported by @Eurohoopsnet.
NetsDaily: Lots of rumors out of Europe this morning that Mike James, 6’1” PG who last played for CSKA Moscow, is signing with Nets but Andrey Kartashov of TASS, the Russian news agency, reports “no decision,” that James was “offered” to Nets. James, 30, also played for Suns and Pelicans.
Reigning EuroLeague scoring champion Mike James has emerged as a candidate to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Eurohoops has learned via a source. James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with team head coach Dimitris Itoudis and has headed back to his native United States. UPDATE: He will join the Nets, according to Chema de Lucas.
Sam Dekker: Mike James goes from CSKA Moscow to Brooklyn lmao. That’s so awesome for him. Love to see it!!! @TheNatural_05
With an open roster spot after John Henson’s contract expired Thursday at midnight, the Knicks are leaning toward making a backcourt addition instead of another big man, according to league sources. One point guard on their radar is longtime European standout Mike James, who has played the last two seasons for CSKA Moscow, shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range.
BDA Sports INTL: Mike James, a top EuroLeague performer, will head back to the United States tomorrow for an opportunity to be in the NBA this season. @TheNatural_05 #BDASportsINTL
Donatas Urbonas: In 36 NBA games Mike James saw he can make an impact but he isn’t desperate for a comeback:”I’m a free agent after this year so anything can happen. I wouldn’t be against it because we’re away from home so much but I’m enjoying my time with CSKA. It exceeded my expectations here”
CSKA Moscow penned Mike James to a one-year contract, the Russian club announced on Monday. Eurohoops previously reported on the deal between the EuroLeague champions and the 28-year-old American guard. “I am excited to join a team with winning expectations and winning mentality” James said upon signing and added: “I am honored that coach Dimitris Itoudis chose me and let come and join a team that won the EuroLeague last year, and I am ready to help the team win in any way possible.”
American guard Mike James and AX Armani Exchange Milano agreed on a 2+1 deal which is expected to be official soon, according to Eurohoops sources. [...] The deal between the two sides was rumored for a long time, but just a few hours ago things were finalized.
Panathinaikos announced the return of Mike James. The American guard has played with the Greens last season before signing in the NBA with the Suns.
James is expected to officially join Panathinaikos, as club owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos had previously stated. In four games with the Pelicans, he totaled four points and six assists in 18 minutes.
David Pick: Source: Mike James has requested to be waived by New Orleans to return to Panathinaikos on a deal for the rest of the season. Official soon.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Mike James turned down $300K a month in China and is leaving the NBA to earn less in Greece. Followed his heart, bleeds PAO green. pic.twitter.com/S0aDCkwDLI
“Mike established himself as an NBA player here and our partnership proved to be beneficial,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Yahoo Sports. “Mike had a handful of 20-point games and helped us win a few games. We wish Mike the best as he works to find another home.” James’ release comes as young star Devin Booker and rookie Davon Reed are working to return to the court for the Suns, while Isaiah Canaan also has had strong performances since joining the team on an injury-hardship exemption. Canaan, who’s averaged 13 points and five assists in four games backing up Tyler Ulis, agreed to a minimum deal for the remainder of the season on Friday, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
It took two more years, but James finally made it. Phoenix signed him to a two-way, 45-day contract, but his play already has convinced the Suns that they want to keep him beyond the 45 days. General Manager Ryan McDonough told azcentral sports Friday that he hopes the team can negotiate a deal with James. Maybe then James will look back on what it took him to get here. Then again … “I don’t reflect a lot,” James said. “I probably should. Maybe when I’m retired, I can look back and say I did that and that and that.”
Chris Reichert: Mike James' deal with the Phoenix Suns will be on a two-way contract, per league sources
American combo guard Mike James will sign a guaranteed contract with the Phoenix Suns. It’s a deal that takes him away from Europe, where he’s spent the entirety of his career so far, and materializes his dream of playing in the NBA.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Mike James, Euroleague's most electrifying combo guard, has committed to make NBA jump with the Phoenix Suns.
David 'Dubi' Pick: Source: Two Western and One Eastern conference teams are showing interest in Euroleague star Mike James.
James was part of the amazing run of Baskonia the season that ended and now he is ready for the next step in his career as a member of the Greens. The deal signed is valid for next season, will pay him one million euros and also includes an NBA out option for this summer. However, the option can be used only if James gets a guaranteed contract for the NBA, which should be lucrative enough to compete with the deal he got from Panathinaikos.
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Avery Bradley is coming off a couple of down seasons but was one of the league’s stingiest individual defenders earlier in his career, and he’s only 30. He’s been given the impression, per a source, that he will have a real chance to make the roster and, with Thompson out early in the season, there’s a clear path to playing time if he rediscovers his old form, which would catapult him back onto the market next summer.