Ex-NBA Players Who Are Still Playing Overseas

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Not all players who get into the NBA stay there until they retire. Some of them just aren’t good enough to stay with a team for their entire career, other players want to return to their home country and play there for the last few years of their career. Some of the players on this list are still trying to make their comeback in the NBA, while others are content with playing in Europe or China.

Donatas Motiejunas – Shandong Golden Stars

Photo: Shandong Golden Stars

Motiejunas was drafted into the NBA back in 2011 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he only got to the NBA a year later, when he signed a contract with the Houston Rockets. Though he had a couple of successful months in the NBA, he couldn’t really convince, partly because he was injured a lot. In the end, he decided to leave the NBA after five season, as he signed a contract with the Shandong Golden Stars. There, he has made a lasting impression, as he been a great asset to his team.

So far, there’s no chance he’ll return to the NBA this year, as he just signed a contract extension in China.

Jimmer Fredette – Shanghai Sharks

Photo: Shanghai Sharks

Jimmer Fredette has made it clear in the last few months that he would like to return to the NBA, but so far he hasn’t found a team yet. He has been quite successful in China, as he was averaging 36.8 points over the entire season. With these kind of numbers, Fredette wouldn’t be misplaced on a team in the NBA.

The last time Fredette appeared in the NBA was in 2016, when he was under contract with the New York Knicks, but he spent most of his time in the D-League. Fredette has pointed out he has improved a lot since his time in the NBA.

Anthony Randolph – Real Madrid

Photo: Real Madrid

Randolph left the NBA in 2014, after he was first traded to the Orlando Magic and then immediately waived. Throughout his NBA season, he had moments where he showed his worth, but didn’t manage to do this consistently.

These days Randolph plays for Real Madrid, and has become an important part of the team. Furthermore, Randolph took on the Slovenian nationality and won the 2018 Eurobasket together with Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic.

Sasha Vujačić – Auxilium Torino

Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn -USA TODAY Sports

Sasha Vujačić is another player that would like to make his comeback into the NBA, after he spend last season in Italy with Auxilium Torino. He might make it to the roster of a team, but as he didn’t play a lot during his first stint in the NBA, and hasn’t shown a lot of improvement in Italy, there’s not a big chance he’ll get a lot of playing time in the NBA.

Sergio Rodriguez – CSKA Moscow

Photo: CSKA Moscow

Rodriguez has had two stints in the NBA, and played for Real Madrid in the meantime. But, in 2016, he decided that he wanted one more shot at playing in the NBA, and therefore signed a contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. The season started off well, but soon lost the starting position to T.J. McConnel.

Rodriguez is 31 years old and signed a four year contract with CSKA Moscow In 2017, so he probably won’t return to the NBA again.

Not all players who get into the NBA stay there until they retire. Some of them just aren’t good enough to stay with a team for their entire career, other players want to return to their home country and play there for the last few years of their career. Some of the players on this list are still trying to make their comeback in the NBA, while others are content with playing in Europe or China.

Donatas Motiejunas – Shandong Golden Stars

Photo: Shandong Golden Stars

Motiejunas was drafted into the NBA back in 2011 by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he only got to the NBA a year later, when he signed a contract with the Houston Rockets. Though he had a couple of successful months in the NBA, he couldn’t really convince, partly because he was injured a lot. In the end, he decided to leave the NBA after five season, as he signed a contract with the Shandong Golden Stars. There, he has made a lasting impression, as he been a great asset to his team.

So far, there’s no chance he’ll return to the NBA this year, as he just signed a contract extension in China.

Jimmer Fredette – Shanghai Sharks

Photo: Shanghai Sharks

Jimmer Fredette has made it clear in the last few months that he would like to return to the NBA, but so far he hasn’t found a team yet. He has been quite successful in China, as he was averaging 36.8 points over the entire season. With these kind of numbers, Fredette wouldn’t be misplaced on a team in the NBA.

The last time Fredette appeared in the NBA was in 2016, when he was under contract with the New York Knicks, but he spent most of his time in the D-League. Fredette has pointed out he has improved a lot since his time in the NBA.

Anthony Randolph – Real Madrid

Photo: Real Madrid

Randolph left the NBA in 2014, after he was first traded to the Orlando Magic and then immediately waived. Throughout his NBA season, he had moments where he showed his worth, but didn’t manage to do this consistently.

These days Randolph plays for Real Madrid, and has become an important part of the team. Furthermore, Randolph took on the Slovenian nationality and won the 2018 Eurobasket together with Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic.

Sasha Vujačić – Auxilium Torino

Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn -USA TODAY Sports

Sasha Vujačić is another player that would like to make his comeback into the NBA, after he spend last season in Italy with Auxilium Torino. He might make it to the roster of a team, but as he didn’t play a lot during his first stint in the NBA, and hasn’t shown a lot of improvement in Italy, there’s not a big chance he’ll get a lot of playing time in the NBA.

Sergio Rodriguez – CSKA Moscow

Photo: CSKA Moscow

Rodriguez has had two stints in the NBA, and played for Real Madrid in the meantime. But, in 2016, he decided that he wanted one more shot at playing in the NBA, and therefore signed a contract with the Philadelphia 76ers. The season started off well, but soon lost the starting position to T.J. McConnel.

Rodriguez is 31 years old and signed a four year contract with CSKA Moscow In 2017, so he probably won’t return to the NBA again.

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