James is officially an NBA free agent after finishing last season as a reserve with the Nets. He was able to sign with the Nets despite having “contractual ties to CSKA through 2023,” noted Marc Stein of Substack.
James, 31, is 6-foot-1 and originally signed a three-year contract with CSKA prior to the 2019-20 season — but reached agreement that allowed him to become a free agent at the end of last year.
He subsequently signed a 10-day contract with the Nets in April, then a deal for the remainder of the season in May.
James averaged 7.7 points and 4.2 assists in 13 appearances with the Nets, who declined the qualifying offer on his contract at the end of the season. Now an unrestricted free agent, would like to remain in the NBA.