By Aris Barkas/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike James is the second big addition to Panathinaikos roster, after the signing of Chris Singleton. The Greens are moving fast in the market and as Eurohoops had reported first, the latest offer made to James completed the deal.
James went undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft. In August 2012, he signed with KK Zagreb of Croatia for the 2012–13 season. In February 2013, he signed with Hapoel Gilboa Galil of Israel for the rest of the season. In July 2013, he signed with Paffoni Omegna of Italy for the 2013–14 season.
In August 2014, he signed a one-year contract with Kolossos Rodou of Greece and his break out season started. On December 2, 2014, he left Kolossos and signed with the Spanish club Laboral Kutxa Baskonia for the rest of the season.
James was part of the amazing run of Baskonia the season that ended and now he is ready for the next step in his career as a member of the Greens. The deal signed is valid for next season, will pay him one million euros and also includes an NBA out option for this summer. However, the option can be used only if James gets a guaranteed contract for the NBA, which should be lucrative enough to compete with the deal he got from Panathinaikos.
UPDATE: Panathinaikos officially announced the addition of James for next season.