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Qingdao Double Star releases Jarron Collins, signs Lester Hudson; Ike Diogu next?

November 13, 2011


With a little over a week to week to go before the start of the 2011-12 season, Qingdao Double Star, the league’s only remaining team without a full import roster, made two big moves yesterday.

In a surprise move, the Eagles announced the signing of guard Lester Hudson, according to Sohu Sports. Hudson, who was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 60th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft, came over to Guangdong Hongyuan mid-season last year after the team parted ways with Fred Jones. The move paid off — with the help of Hudson, Guangdong won its fourth straight championship.

In the same stroke, Qingdao also has cut ties with center Jarron Collins, who they had signed in the end of October. As for a reason, head coach Jiang Zhengxiu said simply that he “wasn’t the type of player we needed.” According to Sohu, the team is in discussions with five-year NBA pro and former lottery pick, Ike Diogu. Diogu played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season averaging 5.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in just over 13 minutes a game.

If Diogu comes, he should be a good fit for the Eagles. Remember that last year, before settling on the combo of Hudson and Marcus Haislip, Guangdong had originally planned on bringing Diogu over. But at the last second, the Clippers stepped in and signed the former Arizona State Sun Devil for the rest of the season, which ultimately opened the door up for Haislip.

On paper, Diogu and Hudson are a good combination and Qingdao is fortunate that they were able to sign two high quality imports this late in the game. They are not, however, at least in our eyes, smart. Because if they were, they would have never even considered Collins in the first place. Collins joins Jermaine Taylor and Earl Clark on the list of players who didn’t make it to start of the regular season.

It’s worked out nonetheless, so it seems. Combined with Asian import Sakakini Sani, who played well in the NBL this summer for Guangdong Free Man, and Qingdao might be able to overcome its weak Chinese roster to get in the playoff mix. At this point though, that’s all secondary to the awesome fact that there’s a team named “Free Man” in the NBL. Let’s get more of that, please.

Last season, Qingdao finished in 15th place with a 10-22 record.


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Several CBA teams keeping tabs on NBA’s Wednesday cuts

January 5, 2011


As we near the one month mark in the CBA regular season, several teams are looking towards America to remedy a host of early season ills.

With today being the final day NBA teams can waive players with partially guaranteed contracts — no extra salary payments required — several teams in China are closely monitoring the League transaction report to find out which players are going to spend the rest of the year in the States, and which players are in need of a job.

John Lucas III, freshly waived by Chicago, is one of those players who are seriously looking to China for work.

According to a source speaking anonymously with NiuBBall.com, both Shanghai and Beijing are highly interested in bringing over Lucas, who was officially let go by the Bulls yesterday.

Lucas is fielding several offers both within America and China, but at the moment it seems that Lucas prefers a return to Shanghai above all others.  Lucas played with the Sharks last year under American head coach, Bob Donewald Jr., guiding them to a 25-7 regular season record and an appearance in the semi-finals, and feels comfortable with Donewald, the city and the overall structure of the team.  Also playing a factor in his decision is Shanghai owner Yao Ming, who’s massive height may only be trumped by his well-known influence on both sides of the ocean.

In his first and only season with Shanghai last season, Lucas averaged 27.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.7 assists on 48.6% shooting and 45.1% from three-point in 40 games.

Meanwhile in southern China, Guangdong, reportedly unsatisfied with the early season returns on Fred Jones, is also keeping a close watch on the NBA roster situations.  Troubled by Jones’ lack of overall explosion and athleticism, Guangdong has major concerns about his ability to handle Xinjiang’s Quincy Douby defensively, who went off on both player and team for 38 points — including 18-19 from the free throw line — in Xinjiang’s Round Five win in Guangzhou. Behind the duo of Douby and former Clippers/Mavericks/Wizards’ forward James Singleton to go along with a solid supporting cast of domestic players, Xinjiang has rolled to a 9-0 start and are considered the present odds on favorite to break Guangdong’s three year championship streak.

According to the source, Guangdong is searching for a combo guard similar in ability and build to Smush Parker, who played two years with the team in 2008-09 and 2009-10 before leaving to sign with Spartak St. Petersberg in Russia.

In nine games, Jones is averaging 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.1 steals for the 7-2 Southern Tigers.

Also influencing Guangdong’s January movement is the season ending injury to center David Harrison, who sustained a broken fibula on December 15th against Jilin.  To replace Harrison, Guangdong was close to signing former 2005 lottery pick, Ike Diogu, to a rest-of-the-season deal.  But, the Los Angeles Clippers stepped in at the buzzer and brought in Diogu on a tryout before eventually signing him in an effort to bolster their frontcourt.

Though Guangdong is short one import, unhappy with another and thus clearly behind Xinjiang in the CBA pecking order, the team will not rush into a deal merely for the sake of shaking things up.  Though they are keeping tabs on NBA rosters, expect them to bide their time and wait for the right player to become available with a move likely to be made by the end of next week.

Beijing, short an import themselves after the short-lived Steve Francis experiment came and went, is also weighing several options as they search for a replacement.  At an advantage over most teams because of their bottom four finish last year, the Ducks have been able to carry a third Asian import on the roster in addition to the league mandated two non-Asian import player limit.  With former New York/Atlanta center, Randolph Morris, dominating on offense and Jordan national team forward, Zaid Abbas, taking care of the dirty work on defense, Beijing has exceeded all expectations to start the year at 7-3, despite being virtually sans Francis for the whole year.

All set up front, Beijing is looking to add a scoring guard to take pressure off off of Taiwanese point-guard, Lee Hsueh-Lin, who prefers to distribute rather than shoot.

And no stranger to foreign player turnover, Shanxi Zhongyu is also interested in acquiring a new import, with former New Orleans Hornets draft pick, Cedric Simmons, as their primary target.

Follow Jon Pastuszek on Twitter @NiuBBall


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Fred Jones signs contract with Guangdong Southern Tigers

November 3, 2010


Three time defending champ, Guangdong, has just bolstered their title defense with the acquisition of 2004 NBA Slam Dunk champion, Fred Jones, according to Tencent.

A seven year NBA veteran, Jones was selected with the 14th overall pick out of Oregon in 2002 by the Indiana Pacers.  After spending four years as a Pacer  playing predominantly off the bench, Jones played for the Raptors, Blazers, Knicks and Clippers from 2006 to 2009.  His NBA career totals 430 games played with averages of 7.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Jones played last year in Italy playing for Pallacanestro Biella.

Jones will join up in Guangdong with former Pacer teammate, center David Harrison, who was signed by the team last month.  He is replacing Smush Parker in the Southern Tigers’ backcourt, who left the team to play in Russia.


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Josh Boone to Zhejiang; Mike Harris and Fred Jones in talks

October 14, 2010


A little late with this, as yesterday was dominated by Rockets – Nets and the “Throwdown in Henan,” but three more ex-NBA players, Josh Boone, Mike Harris and Fred Jones are all at varying stages in the CBA contract process.

Titan 24 is reporting that the CBA’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls (which is an entirely different team than the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Zhejiang province has two teams) has agreed in principle to a deal with former New Jersey Nets’ center, Josh Boone.  Boone is quoted (translated into Chinese) as saying “The Nets have went to China to travel, but I’ve chosen to go to China to continue my professional career.”  He’s currently in the States, but will be moving to Zhejiang soon to finalize the deal.

The Hoops Market is on it, too.

Possibly joining Boone in Zhejiang is Mike Harris, who is currently with the Houston Rockets on their China Games tour, according to TOM Sports.  If Harris, who didn’t get on the court against the Nets in Beijing, is cut by Houston before the start of the season, then last year’s D-League MVP will sign a deal with the club.  A person with Zhejiang was quoted as saying that the club needed a versatile forward who could pair up with Chinese national team member, Ding Jinhui. (H/T Hoopschina) The Hoops Market also has something up on it.

Two days ago, Hoopchina reported that three-time defending champs, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, are interested in obtaining Fred Jones.  The seven-year NBA vet out of Oregon is being targeted as a replacement on the perimeter for Smush Parker, who left the team this summer to play in Russia.  …Hoops Market

And lastly, Asia Basket has the scoop on the Jilin Northeast Tigers’ efforts to land CBA old-hands Andre Emmett and Leon Rodgers.  Rodgers played 22 games for Jilin last year, averaging 8.5 points and 8.5 boards.  Emmett finished last year as the league’s top scorer, averaging an even 32 points per game, a clip that was boosted heavily by his record-setting 71 point nuclear detonation against Jiangsu.


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