Former NBA big man Jerome James is attempting a comeback. James has signed with the D-League in hopes of returning to the NBA, reports Scott Schroeder of Ridiculous Upside. The 36-year-old will join a D-League team after he clears waivers.
James, who made his NBA debut for the Kings in 1998, hasn't logged significant minutes in the Association since 2006/07. He appeared in a total of four games for the Knicks in the following two seasons before he was traded to the Bulls in 2009 and eventually waived in 2010, the final year of his contract.
As James' career averages of 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game suggest, he was never more than a part-time contributor in Sacramento, Seattle, or New York. The best stretch of his career, as Schroeder recalls, came in 2005 with the Sonics, when the seven-footer parlayed a strong postseason performance into a five-year deal with the Knicks.
According to Basketball-Reference, James earned nearly $45MM in his NBA career, but it's hard to imagine this comeback attempt earning him another NBA paycheck.