Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 4:02 pm  |  46 responses

Sun Yue, Meet NBA Free Agency

Well, if his NBA career ends here, at least he can boast to Yao that he has one thing his fellow countryman doesn’t — a ring: “The Lakers have decided not to pick up their option on guard Sun Yue, according to his agent, Charles Bonsignore. The team was intrigued by the 6-foot-9 point guard from China, but due to its already-stiff luxury tax burden, and the depth on the team’s roster, both sides agreed it would be in their best interest to let Sun go and pursue other opportunities in the NBA.”

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  • rav

    ok – who needs to sell some jerseys in china?

  • LA Huey

    No more Monkey King?

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Sun, we hardly knew ya.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I’ve honestly never seen him play. Is he a true pg or just a tall dude with some handles?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Do work Sun. Even if its the obvious choice for those media pundits, Houston actually needs players, yesterday.

  • ave. joe

    Since the Raptors are the NBA’s Euroleague team, some team should pick up all the Chinese people and make a Chinese team. And an African team. You get the picture.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    All the people, not players? Over 1.5 Billion served? Entire Nation – National teams, not simply Nationalistic ones? Scary picture.

  • Josh D

    Who cares, if he’s a free agent he’ll still somehow get into the All Star game

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Z: I’ve seen him a few times playing for team China. I think he’s a true point guard. I think. Sun isn’t bad though and his height definitely gives him an advantage. Someone SHOULD pick him up.
    @ ave. joe: Good idea, but the Raptors are not the Euroleague team.

  • Remo Williams

    ave joe… you heard of fiba? the olympics?

  • Eddieo

    Someone will pick him up. Shannon Brown is a good, big PG and Jordan Farmar is supposed to be the good, quick PG so add in D Fish and the fact that Kobe, Pao, and Lamar are the real initiators and Sun was one and done.

  • Big Kobe Fan

    sun yue good luck but i dont think the lakers will miss you

  • Big Kobe Fan

    sun yue good luck but i dont think the lakers will miss you

  • adam

    Go to Houston Rockets!!! 6-9 guards vs 6-0 Aaron brooks!

  • jose

    sun to the suns haha

  • Cmac

    sixers should pick him up we need a pg
    either that or bring A.I home

  • Labo

    All the best Sun in Phoenix

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sesa-Opas/738856357 Sesa

    2 things that I’ll remember Sun Yue for. His H-O-T girlfriend and VD.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    Sun Who ?

    …. i saw him at the Olympics … and the guy was weak …..it was my feeling. Maybe he’s more athletic know, but who knows, we never see hum plays ….. i hope someone will give him a chance, that he won’t go back to China like a loser.

  • http://www.twahc.blogspot.com twahc

    that ring? he should be ashame to show it off. he barely played during the playoffs.

    no offense, this is not worthe a post at slam!

  • http://fsdklf.com Jukai

    I’m amazed at all the people who didn’t get average joe’s joke.
    Sun Yue was a legendary point guard in China because he’s 6’9 and that’s far more huge in the CBA for the point guard spot than NBA. It made up for his lack of speed and strength.
    Sesa: Who is Sun Yue’s hot girlfriend?

  • HighYE

    Did he ever play during the season?

  • Bro D.

    C’mon Charlotte, make it happen! I’m not sure 6’9″ is tall enough to fill LB’s mysterious “tall pg” quota that he craves.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    during the season, his TOTALS ARE 10 games, 28 min, 6 points 27% shooting, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 0 rebound.I let you calculate the averages ………….. lame………………………

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Jukai: You don’t get that we got it.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ fredd: He didn’t get to play. For a contender. He’s a rookie. Okay, it doesn’t mean weaker teams can’t use him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sesa-Opas/738856357 Sesa
  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    yeah how bout minnisota!?

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    @Nate: haha
    @Teddy: … as i’ve said .. i really hope he’ll find a team ….you’re right about his playing time … we all know Phil Jackson ‘ love for his ” end of the bench ” players … it was not helping for Yue…

  • http://boston.barstoolsports.com Blackjack


  • chintao

    Sun never belonged in the L. Singing him was just a marketing stunt similar to the ones Man U. frequently pulls.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Sun Yue’s gf looks like him but with longer hair.

  • anti-crust

    people, quit slamming on him, the Lakers never gave him a chance. They had some blowouts last year, and he could have been activated, but spent most of the time inactive. He probably played 20 minutes all year. I think the Lakers screwed him over. They wasted his tim. But his game did get better as he is now a better shooter (sorry, practice shooter) and his English is even better than Yao’s at this point. The LA Times Laker blog has a buncha Sun haters on it. How can you hate a guy who never got a chance, in addition to learning the triangle offense, he had to adjust to the US lifestyle and language, proper and street….I feel the haters are raciscts…of course he was weak compared to other players…..Chinese people do not physically mature till years later than say an African American or a US Burger boy caucasian. I met him out shopping one day, and he was a very humble, polite man (boy, in reality). The Lakers will preach about money and how that minimum wage (times two) was a reason to cut him, and that with a full roster…..13 does not make fulll….he could develop his game more on a team where he could play more…if you ask me, if you have a 6’9″ point guard, with creativity, you have to take the time and see if he becomes something special. I feel if he were African American he would not have been released, Look at the interest in Shaun (gumby-knee) Livingson…people still hope he recovers. Sun doesn’t need to recover he just needs to grow and adjust his game. Maybe Phil didn’t like him because he could’t play with his mind. I tell you this could be one major mistake, I hope the Lakers pay for it. Watch, they’ll go looking at Bowen, they already have Adam Morrison (who can’t keep up mentally or physically). I’m throwing the RACE card on the table face up…..Mitch and Buss can deny it, but how can you make a judgement on a player who only played about 20 minutes. Whereas they gave Sasha and Farmar about 7 years combined to get to where they are, which is erratic and filled with flaws……Pau, Bynum, M’Benga, and Odom basically give you 4 7-footers to protect the basket if the guards are beaten, and Laker guards always are, now you cut loose a 6’9″ guard who is a shot blocker as well.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Anton Posted: Aug.2 at 11:54 pm
    Sun Yue’s gf looks like him but with longer hair.
    Thats not one of those, “Can’t tell Asian types apart” stereo-typing situations is it Anton???

  • Remo Williams

    i seriously doubt that the lakers are a racist organization. they’ve played tons of guys from different countries. sun just wasnt at the level the needed him to be, plus they save about 1.5 million dollars by cutting him (luxury tax). and averaging 0.1 blocks a game does not make you a shot blocker.

    best of luck to him though.

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    “I feel the haters are raciscts…of course he was weak compared to other players…..Chinese people do not physically mature till years later than say an African American or a US Burger boy caucasian”
    … okay bro…

  • http://djsklfl.com Jukai

    anti-crust: despite your self-absorbed rant, I’ll bite:
    1) first off, Shaun Livingston was SUPERIOR over Sue Yue. I think Sun Yue can make a role for himself in the L, but Livingston could have been a MINT starter, he was pretty much Sun Yue but better in every way. That was ridiculous for you to say.
    2) I don’t particuarly agree with this, but in the L, athletics are viewed over other intangibles, like court vision, footwork, basketball IQ, etc. etc. Sun Yue is tall but just not athletic. Farmar is INCREDIBLY athletic, and Sasha has actually always been an incredible shooter but had some esteem problems. They deserved that time.
    Even Morrison has more value than Sun Yue at this point. Should the Lakers have tried to develop him? Maybe. But maybe they didn’t want the international pressure to develop him, and maybe they were worried about resigning him and how much money he demands… there’s a lot of reasons. So put the race card back in your pocket.

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    US Burger boy caucasian? racist!

  • rikson

    As much as I remmber Livingston had one good season in LA -> dude wasnt SUPERIOR to anyone -> just hyped because of his height!!!

  • rikson

    And at this point – with the playingtime Sun had – you cant even compare them, not to mention that Livingston was superior! So put the superior-card back in your pocket…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ anti-crust: I see what you’re saying, but who the heck says Chinese people don’t mature until years later? …
    Anyways, I do agree that Sun h@ters need to calm down. He wasn’t even given a chance. I don’t blame the Lakers for not wanting to change up by including a new guy, so its better for SUN to move to a new team that will give him way more burn.
    @ Jukai: Sasha sucks; I think the Lakers should get rid of him.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    As for the race card, well, I’m sitting on the fence here.

  • Shaun

    Sun Yue never got any playing time so we don’t really know what he brings to the table at this point. If I’m an NBA GM, I take Sun Yue over Livingston hands down. I’m a fan of Shaun (we got the same name haha) and I love his athleticism and handles for his size, but he’s injury prone. I’d take a chance on Sun not growing into his potential rather than Livingston because with Sun you have the potential to make money from the Chinese market. And I don’t think the lakers are racist, they’re just dumb for not giving him some burn to see what he can do.

  • chintao

    Shaun raises a good point but skirts the issue of Sun Yue’s potential. Having seen quite a bit of Sun in the CBA and the Olympics, my opinion is that his game will never reach NBA-level.

  • http://www.slamonline.com 24 Karat Gold

    F*** Sasha Vujafkdkw….Lakers need to get rid of him. He’s an embarrasment as Kobe’s backup. Now tell wouldn’t Showtime look nice with Rashad McCants backing up the mamba. Mitch make it happen!

  • Human

    I retract “lakers are racists:,…but due to the economy, he never got a chance, and with the focus on the title he got lost in the shuffle. As I said, they gave Sasha 3 years to throw bricks, farmar as well,,,times have changed. Sun was a question mark…would he turn out to be something special as he matured, I’m not gonna hunt for the research on racial maturation. He also could have not been NBA material. 20 minutes. They/he wasted a year he could have been playing in China or Europe. I’m done.