After the Taoyuan Leopards signed center Dwight Howard, other teams in Taiwan’s T1 League are reportedly following suit by pursuing seasoned NBA stars.
Among the players being considered is Howard’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Carmelo Anthony, who is purportedly being pursued by the Tiannan TSG GhostHawks.
Since operating as a first option player in his prime for the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks, where he won the NBA scoring title in 2013, the veteran forward has moved from team to team as a rotational player who has provided reliable scoring off the bench. Anthony is currently a free agent after playing for the Los Angeles Lakers last season.
Along with Anthony, other players who T1 teams are reportedly eyeing include Isaiah Thomas and Enes Kanter Freedom.
Even at 5’9”, Thomas was able to stand tall in the NBA, racking up a pair of All-Star appearances while playing for the Boston Celtics. The talented guard even forced his way into the MVP conversation after averaging roughly 29 points per game during his 2016-17 season.
Freedom, who also played for the Celtics, has spent the most of his career as a productive rotational big man. The Turkish American center has been an outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party, calling Chinese leader Xi Jinping an insecure tyrant and posting pro-Tibet messages on Twitter.
Expected salaries have yet to be announced for these seasoned NBA stars. However, they could potentially earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per month if they are given offers similar to that of Howard, who will receive a historically high monthly salary of $200,000 with the Taoyuan Leopards.
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