The Mavs have “put the wheels in motion” to sign 27-year-old Chinese free agent Ding Yanyuhang to a contract for summer league and possibly training camp, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas News writes.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson tells Sefko that he believes Ding could be an ideal candidate for the new two-way contracts laid out in the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The swingman has played for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association since 2006, having been eligible for but ultimately passed over in the 2011 NBA draft. He is listed as having been on the Chinese national team roster for the 2012 Olympics but not most recently at the 2016 Olympics.
Sefko argues that such a signing would have a significant business impact given the popularity of the game in China. The fact that the league opened an office in Shanghai speaks to the growth of the game in that part of the world.
Team owner Mark Cuban declined an invitation to discuss the possible move, adding only that more will be known after July 1 when such signings can be made official.