Now that the Chinese Basketball Association has set its rules on foreign players for the upcoming season, we’ve seen a ton of action over the last weeks as teams look to get their rosters set in time for the new season. Some of the league’s contenders/big-money teams have already signed a few guys — Xinjiang and Quincy Douby, Zhejiang Guangsha and Wilson Chandler and Earl Clark, Beijing Shougang and Stephon Marbury — but, there has also been action from other teams as well.
So let’s get everyone caught up.
Shanxi Zhongyu signs Charles Gaines, 2010-11 CBA scoring champ
Shanxi Zhongyu signed reigning scoring champion and 2010-11 NiuBBall.com All-CBA First Teamer, Charles Gaines, to a contract worth a reported
$800,000 $80,000 a month according to hoopCHINA. This will be Gaines’ third team in three years in China. Last year for Qingdao Double Star, he put up 33.7 points and 12.7 rebounds per game on 60% shooting. In 2009-10, he averaged 30.4 points, 10.7 rebounds per game on 63% shooting for Xinjiang Guanghui.
Shandong brings in Alan Anderson and Othello Hunter
Coming off of a disappointing season last year where both Rodney White and Myron Allen failed to live up to expectations, the Gold Lions will bring in two new players this year, Alan Anderson and Othello Hunter. Anderson, a graduate of Michigan State, played a couple of years with the Charlotte Bobcats from 2005-07 with a stint with the D-League’s Tulsa 66ers mixed in between. Since then he’s played with teams in Italy (VidiVici Bologna), Russia (Triumph Lyubertsy), Croatia (Cibona Zagreb), Israel (Maccabi Tel Aviv) and Spain (Regal Barcelona). Last year for Barcelona, the 6-6 Anderson won MVP of the Spanish National Cup.
Hunter, a 6-8 forward out of Ohio State, played two seasons for the Atlanta Hawks in 2008-09 and 2009-10. He’s played for two teams in Europe, of Dinamo Basket Sassari in Italy and of Ilisiakos B.C. in Greece.
Liaoning signs Josh Powell
In a dramatic change from years past, Liaoning has decided to sign a foreign player before the season, agreeing to terms with two-time NBA champion, Josh Powell. The six-year NBA veteran has spent time with the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Atlanta Hawks. In 315 career games, Powell averaged 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds.