Basketball Wiretap

O.J. Mayo, Jarrell Brantley Sign With BC UNICS In Russia

Sep 19, 2021 4:30 PM

O.J. Mayo will continue his basketball career outside of the United States for a third straight year. Mayo has signed with BC UNICS in Kazan, Russia.

In 2019-20 and 2020-21, Mayo played for Liaoning in China. He averaged 24.9 points in 68 games over the two CBA seasons.

Mayo hasn't played in the NBA since the 2015-16 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Following that season, Mayo was suspended for two seasons due to violating the NBA's substance abuse policy.

BC UNICS also agreed to terms with Jarrell Brantley. Brantley spent the last two seasons with the Utah Jazz on Two-Way contract. In 37 NBA games, Brantley averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

Brantley was recently waived by Utah, after he had previously signed the team's qualifying offer. Brantley agreed to amend his contract to remove a small guaranteed amount, in order to sign with BC UNICS.

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Jimmer Fredette, Noah Vonleh Sign With Shanghai Sharks

Sep 18, 2021 8:49 PM

Former NBA players Jimmer Fredette and Noah Vonleh have signed with the Shanghai Sharks for the 2021-22 season. This will Fredette's fifth season with the Sharks and Vonleh's first season in Shanghai.

Fredette has played with Shanghai from 2016-17 through 2018-19. He returned to the Sharks for the 2020-21 season after playing for Panathinaikos in Greece in 2019-20.

In 174 games for Shanghai, Fredette has averaged 34.1 points per game. He's also become a fan favorite with his high-scoring games and deep shooting range. Fredette briefly returned to the NBA, with the Phoenix Suns, at the end of the 2018-19 season, after the CBA season ended.

Vonleh played in four regular season game for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2020-21 season. In seven NBA seasons, Vonleh has averaged 4.9 points and 5.1 rebounds over 339 games played.

Fredette and Vonleh will team with another former NBAer, Jamaal Franklin, on the Sharks. Both Fredette and Vonleh remain NBA free agents and will be free to sign an NBA contract when the CBA season completes.

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Mike James Signs With Monaco

Sep 17, 2021 5:01 PM

Mike James has signed a one-year deal with Monaco.

James finished last season with the Brooklyn Nets and recently had his contract with CSKA terminated. 

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Zhou Qi To Sign With South East Melbourne

Sep 6, 2021 10:10 PM

Zhou Qi is finalizing a contract to sign with the South East Melbourne Phoenix of the Australian league. 

Zhou was a second round pick in 2016 by the Houston Rockets and joined the team the following season. 

Zhou has played for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers since 2019. 

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