Following a dramatic departure from his old club in Russia, CSKA Moscow, Mike James will be signing with AS Monaco. His new club has gone toe to toe with the top teams in France and they are one of the latest teams to join the Euroleague.
Why is James not returning to his old club in Moscow? Well, there was constant controversy revolving around James’ decision to leave his former European club for the Nets, which traces back to April.
Prior to signing with Brooklyn, the 31-year-old was having all sorts of problems with head coach Dimitris Itoudis. James was suspended twice for altercations with Itoudis, but even so, this didn’t bother the former Nets guard’s play on the court. In two seasons with the club, he averaged 17.8 PPG to go with 5.1 APG.
Although James’ contract lasted until 2023, CSKA Moscow were still willing to part ways with the 31-year-old to allow him to sign with the Nets in April. With AS Monaco, the Portland native now has a brand new start in Europe as he looks to continue where he left off.