Miroslav Raduljica signs in China


Miroslav Raduljica, who was traded by the Bucks and waived by the Clippers this summer, wanted to stay in the NBA.

He made a compelling case. As a rookie for the Milwaukee last season, the 7-footer averaged 3.8 points on 54 percent shooting and 2.3 rebounds in 9.7 minutes per game.

But no NBA team made a compelling enough offer.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Free agent seven-footer Miroslav Raduljica has signed a one-year contract with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told RealGM.

Raduljica had interest from several NBA teams, including the San Antonio Spurs and Philadelphia 76ers, as well as discussions in Europe.

Raduljica posted 1.1 win shares last season. The last rookie to post at least one win share and not play in the NBA the following season: Jordan Williams, who had 1.3 win shares for the Nets in 2011-12, was included in the Joe Johnson trade the following summer and then waived by the Hawks. Williams hasn’t played in the NBA since.

Raduljica needn’t necessarily follow suit. Because the Chinese season ends in February, he could still play in the NBA this season. A couple teams were already interested him, and I suspect a few others will still need center depth come spring.