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.
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Mike James and Olimpia Milano are close to striking a multi-year deal, a source told Sportando.
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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 James could be an option for Barcelona, according to El Mundo Deportivo.
“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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JH: What does it mean to you when people say you are now “The best player in the East?” Giannis Antetokounmpo: There is going to be a lot of people out there that is going to say I am the best in the East and there is going to be some that says that I am not the best in the East, so my mindset is to keep working hard, focus on my game and to continue making my team better. We are trying to get as many wins as possible.
JH: With LeBron out of the East, has your mindset changed? What is your ultimate goal for next season? Giannis Antetokounmpo: The goal is still the same. Of course you have LeBron in the Western Conference. We still have great teams like Boston, Toronto, Philly, Indiana in the East. We just have to continue getting better every day as a team. We have a great team, we have a great coach, and hopefully we will have a great season and take another step forward this year.
JH: You are going to face an immense amount of pressure this season. You are already being a pegged as a favorite to win MVP. What have you been doing to improve your game this summer? Giannis Antetokounmpo: I’ve been working on a lot of shooting and a lot of post moves, been working on my handle and want to get better at finding the right people when I get double-teamed or sometimes triple-teamed. It is just about getting better as an overall basketball player.
To hear some insiders tell it, in Doncic, it is as if the Mavs have acquired a taller version of Jason Kidd, who led Dallas to a championship in 2011 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month. “Luka has been playing in the gym with the guys every day and he’s looked great,” forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “He’s a big body guard, he can move, he can shoot, he’s got unbelievable passing skills. “He’s got passes through the legs and behind the back in scrimmages already, so I think we’re going to have a lot of fun watching him over the years grow even more. He’s fun to watch.”