NBA free-agent guard Rashad McCants is in serious talks with an unnamed Chinese team, his agent, Bernie Lee, confirmed Thursday afternoon. The two sides could reach an agreement within the next 24 hours, a source close to the talks said.
McCants averaged 10 points per game and shot 36.8 percent from the three-point line in his four-year NBA career with Minnesota and Sacramento, including a 2007-08 campaign in which he averaged 14.9 points. But he has been out of the league for the past two seasons.
He played with the D-League's Texas Legends during the 2010-11 season to prove that he's committed to return to the NBA, passing up higher-paying jobs in Europe.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the 26-year-old McCants worked out for Chinese club officials last week in L.A. and is intrigued by the opportunity to play overseas.
Although the former NBA lottery pick has worked out this summer in hopes of returning to the league, the Chinese Basketball Association declared it would not provide players with opt-out clauses that would allow them to return to the NBA if and when the league-imposed lockout ends.