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After finishing last season with the Charlotte Bobcats, D.J. White has decided to sign a one-year deal playing in China. But are White's NBA days numbered or is this just a stopping point until March?
Earlier this week it was Yi Jianlian with the Guandong Southern Tigers.
Now D.J. White is the latest player with NBA experience to sign in the Chinese Basketball Association according to multiple reports as the former Charlotte Bobcats and Oklahoma City Thunder forward signed a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks.
Is a fresh start in China just what White needs to eventually stick with an NBA team?
Much like Siler (Atlanta, Phoenix), Jeter (Sacramento) and Jianlian (Milwaukee, New Jersey, Washington, Dallas), White is still holding out hope for another run at the NBA, which could come in March, 2013 as all four players will be playoff eligible.
This really is the chance for the 6'9 forward to show he can consistently perform, put up numbers and hold his own on defense. He showed that in very brief glimpses last season in Charlotte where he appeared in 58 games with 11 starts.
In his fifth year in the league after being selected 29th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2008 NBA Draft, White averaged 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game after spending the previous three seasons with the Thunder.
White also had a stint in the D-League with the Tulsa 66ers in 2010, a difficult season for sure after the former Big Ten Player of the Year out of Indiana missed the first 75 games of the 2009 season following surgery to remove a benign growth from his jaw. The Thunder recalled White weeks after he averaged 17.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 assist in 37.7 minutes in three games.
By signing in the CBA, White will play alongside another D-Leaguer with the Shanghai Sharks - Elijah Millsap.
With the Los Angeles Defenders, Millsap averaged 21.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game and he also appeared in the 2012 D-League All-Star game and two weeks ago signed with the Sharks.
Last season, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler played in the CBA during the NBA lockout and were still able to sign on with NBA teams toward the end of the 2011-12 season, which provides a little hope that White's NBA days aren't over just yet.
But first D.J. White has to show and prove he has a lot of game left to show in China.