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European site: Nets plan to sign Mike James for rest of season once 10-day is up

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Eurohoops, the official fan site of the Euroleague, reported Thursday that once Mike James’ second 10-day deal expires on May 13, the Nets plan to re-sign the 6’1” point guard for the rest of the season and playoffs.

Dionysis Aravantinos, who had been among the first writers to suggest the Nets would sign James, wrote...

According to Eurohoops sources, the Brooklyn Nets are planning to sign Mike James for the rest of the season and through the NBA playoffs once his second 10-day contract expires on May 13. James signed his second 10-day contract with Brooklyn on Monday.

No word from the Nets yet.

James’ first 10-day expired Sunday and the next day the Nets extended him for a second (and final) 10-day on Monday. The Nets will have to sign James to a standard NBA deal before the regular season ends on May 16 if they want him active for the post-season which begins May 22. (The Nets theoretically could also sign James to a two-way deal and preserve his ability to play in the post-season, but that would require them to dump the injured Chris Chiozza ...or rookie Reggie Perry. Neither is considered likely.)

Aravantinos also noted that James tenure with the Nets is expected to end when the NBA playoffs end, that he still owes CSKA Moscow two years.

James will still be considered a CSKA Moscow player after the end of the 2020-21 season. Back in late March, James was suspended indefinitely by CSKA Moscow, following an incident with his head coach, Dimitris Itoudis. Eventually, CSKA released James, in order for him to come to an agreement with the Nets.

CSKA is currently the Euroleague Final Four.

James is averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 assists in seven games with Brooklyn. His best game came against the Blazers last week where he scored a season-high 15 points in a loss.