The fraternity of long-time NBA veterans in China continues to grow as Ricky Davis and Jerome Moiso have both agreed to sign with the Jiangsu Dragons, while Rafer Alston continues to inch closer towards signing with Qingdao Double Star.
Davis, who spent 12 years in the League with seven different teams, has signed a contract to play with the Jiangsu Dragons, according to Sina. Cut by the Clippers midway through last year, Davis played in Turkey for Turk Telecom Ankara, averaging 14.5 points, 4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals.
Joining him will be five-year NBA pro, Jerome Moiso. Moiso, who was drafted by the Celtics with the 11th pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, has played in Europe’s top leagues over the last four years, suiting up for Lottomatica Roma and Climamio Bologna in Italy, as well as Real Madrid and DKV Joventut in Spain. Last season, he played with Bizkaia Bilbao Basket, averaging 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in domestic play and 7.1-4.4 in EuroCup.
Meanwhile, Rafer Alston, who reportedly has been in serious contact with several CBA teams, will be in China within the next few days to link up with the Zhejiang Guangshua Lions for a workout. Though nothing has been settled yet, it is understood that Skip will be playing this season in China, either for Zhejiang or Qingdao Double Star.
Which of those teams will add Alston is unclear however, as Zhejiang is said to still be waiting on the status of their top free-agent target, Von Wafer. Zhejiang has offered themselves as a secure fall-back plan in case Wafer can’t make an NBA roster. Wafer, who is with the Boston Celtics, has played well in camp and with Delonte West suspended for the first ten games of the season, the streak shooting guard could very well find himself on the team’s opening night roster. If he is cut, however, Wafer will sign a contract with Zhejiang. Alston would then presumably sign with Qingdao.
Obviously, there’s still plenty to be settled here. Check back for more updates as they develop.