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Nets signing Mike James for the rest of the season

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.

CSKA Moscow releases Mike James

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.

Euroleague star Mike James aiming for NBA return


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.”

“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.”
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September 22, 2021 | 7:42 pm EDT Update