Dec 10, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT
We passed along the report the other day that the agent for Rashad McCants told the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Legends of the D-League that McCants was leaving for the greener — and by that we mean more money — of China
Except, well, you snooze you lose.
Niubball — a great source for Chinese basketball — says Liaoning Panpan (the team that had been negotiating with McCants) was unsure if he would make it to the team’s first game on Sunday and instead has signed Donta Smith to a deal (via Hoopshype). Smith played a full season in China and was in the country already on a tryout with another squad and because of those things he felt like the safer choice for the team.
Teams in China are allowed to sign just two foreign-born players and Smith fills Liaoning Panpan’s quota, they have no room for another foreign player. No team in the league does now this close to the start of the season.
Not sure how long the negotiations and the decision took for McCants because we don’t know when they started talking, but apparently they talked too long for the Chinese team to feel comfortable.
The result is you can expect to see McCants stay in Texas and in the D-League for now.