Free agent point guard Mike James will sign a contract with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season, according to Antonis Stroggylakis and Dionysis Aravantinos of EuroHoops.net.
James, 30, is 6-foot-2 and last played in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns (2017) and New Orleans Pelicans. He was leading EuroLeague in scoring when he was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow in late March following an incident with coach Dimitris Itoudis. He headed back to the U.S. after the incident, per the report.
Chris Sheridan of Basketball News confirmed the report, saying that James is indeed headed to Brooklyn.
James will presumably serve as a primary backup to Kyrie Irving and James Harden. James carries NBA career averages of 9.3 points and 3.5 assists in 36 total games. He averaged 19.7 points with CSKA Moscow in 27 games this season, after averaging 20.9 points last year. He has also spent time in Greece, Italy and Spain.
The Nets (38-19) sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, 1.5 games behind the Philadelphia 76ers. Brooklyn has bee searching for backcourt help since an knee injury to Spencer Dinwiddie earlier this season.
I can confirm that Mike James of CSKA Moscow will be joining the Brooklyn #Nets. He was allowed out of his contract in Russia after clashing with his coach.
— Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) April 19, 2021