James Singleton Chooses China Over Wizards

by September 07, 2010

Singleton decided to take his talents to the other side of the world instead of playing for the Wizards. From the WaPo: “James Singleton determined that he would have more to gain (such as money and playing time) in leaving the NBA than sticking around for another shot next season. Singleton, a throw-in from the Wizards’ trade deadline deal with Dallas last February who emerged as a regular rotation player, said on Monday that he signed to play next season in China with the Xinjiang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers. The Wizards had some interest in bringing back Singleton, an undersized but energetic, high-flying forward who averaged 6.1 points and 6.9 rebounds in 32 games — including three starts — after arriving in Washington. Singleton had seven games with at least 10 rebounds, including a career-high 21-rebounds in a loss to Indiana last March. But Singleton said the Wizards were like several NBA teams that expressed interest in signing him to the league minimum. He wouldn’t give the terms of the deal but hinted that his contract in China was much more lucrative. ‘Playing with the Wizards was a great experience,’ Singleton said when reached by phone. ‘They gave me a chance to play because of my talent and work ethic, and not sit behind a name. I’m going back overseas to play basketball because of my passion, not the pay or the fame. Overseas, they allow players to play, grow and mature.'”