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Rashad McCants

Rashad McCants’ future with the Legends still uncertain

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Nothing is ever easy with Rashad McCants.

After spending last season outside the NBA looking in, McCants signed a non-guaranteed contract with Dallas late in the preseason, and was cut almost immediately after. From a media perspective, the Mavericks’ intentions seemed rather obvious. However, McCants reportedly was told he would have a chance to make the team, and that never happened. Dallas, and GM Donnie Nelson, had other plans.

Regardless of who was told what, the Mavs’ signing and dismissal of McCants was a strategic move to procure the guard’s D-League rights for the Mav-affiliated Texas Legends, which are co-owned by Nelson. But for a time, it looked like the Mavs and Legends may have miscalculated. If McCants really was as incensed as his agent’s comments would suggest, then perhaps the red tape that prevented McCants from being assigned to any other D-League would be ripped to pieces in the name of hurt feelings and miscommunication.

That doesn’t appear to be the case, as McCants was named to the Legends’ 15-man training camp roster. However, that inclusion doesn’t technically mean anything; Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that according to Percy Miller (one of McCants’ personal advisers), McCants intends to fully pursue several leads on NBA jobs before reporting to Legends camp. McCants may be a Texas Legend yet, but only if the team is willing to wait for him.

If when all is said and done McCants is willing to play for the Legends, he’s a no-brainer to make the team, and may not be long for the D-League world at all. McCants is an NBA-caliber player, and would undoubtedly be a focal point of Nancy Lieberman’s offense. That said, there’s still plenty of time left before the D-League season begins for things to turn sour. McCants’ career has had too many strange happenings for us to simply assume that his inclusion on the roster makes this a done deal. It’s likely that McCants will be a Legend next season based on his current inclusion, but stay frosty.

Chinese businessman buys part of Mavericks D-League affiliate

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You want a global game, you get global owners. Like Russian billionaires.

Or entrepreneurs from China. Last season a group from China almost purchased 15 percent of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a deal that fell apart, but now a new one will not.

Sonny Xiao, a sports entrepreneur out of China, will purchase part of the Texas Legends, the Mavericks D-League affiliate based out of Frisco, Texas, as reporrted by ESPNDallas.com. Xiao studied at SMU in Dallas and went on to open RXtreme Sports Consulting in his native China.

The Legends are risk takers, this is the franchise that made Nancy Lieberman the first female head coach of an NBA affiliated franchise this summer.

This is a first step, you can expect a lot more foreign ownership over the years. You have American investors buying English Premiere League teams, and so on and so on. It’s a global market, a global game.