Storyline: Malcolm Delaney Free Agency

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Delaney added that he needed action in the Chinese league to recover his rhythm following his two NBA campaigns. In China he averaged 32 minutes per game with 19.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.6 rebounds per contest. As a free agent, he’s considering his options for the rest of the 2018-19 season. Three European clubs have already contacted him, but a NBA return is still his priority. In any case, EuroLeague teams have a February 28th deadline on signing players for the rest of the campaign.

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Malcolm Delaney to China

Despite the fact that Malcolm Delaney could return to the EuroLeague, since many top teams were interested in his case, for the first time in his career the former NBA player is heading to China. Delaney signed with the Guangdong Southeastern Tigers, the team that finished third last season in the league under Lithuanian coach Jonas Kazlauskas. According to Eurohoops sources, his contract is just a one year deal with a salary of $2 million net plus a more than a respectable bonus if the club gets the championship title.

It seems that Malcolm Delaney will take his talents from Europe to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The All-Euroleague guard turned down Barcelona and will not show any interest to any other European teams. According to Eurohoops’ sources, Delaney said “no” to the Catalans’ offer of $5 million net income for two years. Since he wants to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA, he is going to focus his attention on finding the contract he desires with a team from the best league in the world.

Serb Milos Teodosic, 28, is a deft passer and Europe’s top point guard. He has a year left on a $2.5 million deal, which doesn’t have an NBA out. Scoring combo-guard Nando de Colo, who played 97 games for the Spurs while Marks and Langdon were in San Antonio’s front office, is a free agent. On Friday CSKA Moscow plays Lokomotiv Kuban, led by All-Euroleague first-teamer Malcolm Delaney, who wants to play in the NBA. Ex-Knick Sergio Rodriguez, who makes $2.6 million at Real Madrid, bears watching as well.

You’re having a super season, you’re at an excellent age and you’re a free agent in the summer. There are already many rumors. What are your priorities? You definitely want to play in the NBA. In Greece it is rumored that Olympiacos as well as Panathinaikos have already approached you and there are also rumors about Barcelona. Malcolm Delaney: “It’s true that I’ve already had good offers from European clubs. Regarding Olympiacos and Panathinaikos that you mention, I know that it’s very likely they want to sign me. The NBA is the big priority and I’m not going to respond to any of the offers until the NBA matter clears up. If something happens and this prospect doesn’t work, then I’ll look at all the options and make a decision. I want to be closer to my family and enjoy basketball even more.

Malcolm Delaney: Last summer I was very close to signing with an NBA team. At the last second, something happened with the team’s salary cap and the deal wasn’t finalized. This year, I think my prospects are better… I’m going to wait for the NBA even if I have to risk losing offers from Europe. There is also China, a market that I view seriously, because it gives me the option to play a few months with a very good contract and then be available either for the Euroleague or the NBA.”
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February 23, 2019 | 4:17 pm EST Update
Cuban offered advice to the next Williamson-caliber player who comes along, especially if it happens before the minimum draft age is lowered to 18. “The next kid in a similar circumstance, go to the G-League, or Europe,” he said. “If you want the international adventure and the exposure to a different type of basketball and different skill sets, go to Europe. If that’s not your thing and you’re not in-tuned to it for whatever reason, and you’ve got a big social media following like Zion Williamson? Go G-League.”
Cuban over the years has expressed concern about the life skills that even some one-and-done players have lacked when coming into the NBA after barely attending college before turning professional. “Got here, didn’t know how to write a check, didn’t know how to sign a lease,” Cuban said Friday. “Just needed somebody basically to hold their hand and it made things difficult for them. It’s hard to focus on your profession when you don’t even know how to focus on the everyday skills that are required for life.”