Former Stanford star Chasson Randle’s basketball career is in an uncomfortable spot. He’s unable to play for his Chinese Basketball Association team due to the coronavirus outbreak, but he’s also being denied a chance to return to return to the NBA.
Like every other player in the CBA, the Cardinal’s all-time leading scorer has been in limbo since China’s league suspended play on Feb. 1 over fears of the effects of the virus. He’s unlike all the others in that he’s twice signed 10-day NBA contracts since returning to the United States. Both deals were voided when Randle couldn’t get clearance from his team in China.
The Warriors were reportedly one of six teams with interest in Randle in August before he left to sign with the Tianjin Lions. Randle played for the Warriors’ summer league team in 2015 after leaving Stanford and, considering Golden State has signed four players to 10-day deals in the last three weeks, it stands to reason they could have had renewed interest.
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard shot 40 percent on 3-pointers in 49 games with the Wizards last season, but he won’t be back in the NBA unless the Gold Lions have a change of heart. Because he’s still under contract with the Gold Lions, they haven’t signed off on the short-term NBA deals, which has angered his agent.
“His payments are currently behind with no date provided of when he will receive salary owed,” Darrell Comer told ESPN. “He has been offered opportunities to sign 10-day contracts with NBA teams, but Tianjin has denied his FIBA clearance despite the fact that the 10-day contracts will expire before all rumored dates if the China season will resume.
“Chasson is not only being prevented from making income, but also from furthering his career as a NBA player. We are speaking to bring awareness to this unfair issue for Chasson, but also for the other talented players who are back from China and may experience similar issues soon.”
Randle, according to ESPN, is entitled to file an appeal with FIBA because the team has missed payments.
ESPN reported nearly 40 Americans are on teams in the 20-team CBA, including Palo Alto’s Jeremy Lin as well as Lance Stephenson and Ty Lawson. Most were sent home and originally told to expect play to resume perhaps by late February. There’s now an expectation there won’t be basketball there again until at least early April, provided the season isn’t just canceled while the disease remains uncontained.
Lin, the former Warrior who was a breakout star with the Knicks when “Linsanity” took off in 2012, has also been sidelined by the CBA’s suspension of play.
The 31-year-old last played in the NBA in 2018 in Toronto, where he averaged 7.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 23 games. Lin’s currently working out with dreams of also making it back to the NBA.
“Tbh, this stretch of time reminds me of the 2011 NBA lockout,” Lin said in his Instagram story about the origins of Linsanity. “No one expected much then (and people don’t expect much now). But we all know what happened next. …”