Carlik Jones Signs With Zhejiang Golden Bulls

Free agent guard Carlik Jones has signed with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to an announcement from agent Josh Goodwin (Instagram link; hat tip to

It has been a big year for Jones, who was named the 2023 G League MVP after averaging 26.1 points per game on .483/.360/.789 shooting in 24 regular season appearances (38.3 MPG) for the Windy City Bulls. He also contributed 7.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per night. That performance helped earned him a promotion from his two-way contract to Chicago’s standard roster in March.

Jones then represented South Sudan during this summer’s World Cup, helping the program claim a spot in the 12-team Olympic field for the first time ever. The 25-year-old had some huge games against international competition, averaging a double-double (20.4 PPG, 10.6 APG) in five World Cup contests.

However, Jones’ 2023/24 salary was non-guaranteed, so he became a cap casualty ahead of the regular season. The Bulls waived him, opting to carry an open spot on their 15-man roster to begin the season for financial reasons.

While Jones would have been eligible to sign a two-way contract with any team, it’s unclear if he received NBA interest after being cut by Chicago. His new deal in China may come with a higher salary than a two-way contract, and will certainly give him a more substantial role than he would’ve had on an NBA roster.

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