With the start of the 2010-11 CBA season less than a month away, teams are making their final import signings in time for training camp and pre-season.
35 year-old guard Mike James has officially signed a one-year $100,000 contract with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls, according to Sina Sports. The news comes as somewhat a suprise as James had been in China playing pre-season for another club, Foshan, the past week. However, Foshan, who is in their first inaugural season after moving from Shaanxi, ultimately decided that signing an ex-NBA player and the expensive price tag that comes attached was not worth the investment for a club that will probably finish towards the bottom of the league. Zhejiang, who saw James play in person during a pre-season game, came away impressed and feel that his ability and experience will help them improve on a 14-18 record last year. Zhejiang also signed former New Jersey Nets center Josh Boone to a contract in October.
With the Golden Bulls’ import roster now complete, rumors of Joe Alexander joining the team are now officially squashed. HoopChina has reported earlier in the day that the team had gotten in contact with the 2007 8th overall pick after he had been releaesed by the New Orleans Hornets yesterday.
In northeast China, the Liaoning Panpan Hunters officially signed Will Conroy to a deal. Liaoning was the only CBA team to have both of its import spots still open. Liaoning finished fifth last year with a 21-11 record, losing to Shanghai in the playoffs.