AS Monaco announced on Monday the arrival of strong American winger Will Thomas, from Zenit St Petersburg. ASM could also strike a big blow by recruiting Mike James.
Monaco has every intention of competing with ASVEL in Betclic Elite and of shining in the Euroleague for its big debut in the queen competition, and ASM wanted to recruit up to the task. After having already enrolled Danilo Andjusic, Léo Westermann and Paris Lee this summer, the Roca Team announced on Monday the arrival of strong American winger Will Thomas. The 35-year-old, who traveled through Liège, Malaga, Valencia, and Zenit St Petersburg last season, signed with UNICS Kazan for the coming season, but he ultimately decided to terminate his contract, and AS Monaco jumped at the chance. The native of Baltimore notably won the Eurocup (MVP of the Finals) in 2019 and La Liga in 2017 with Valencia. He turned last season to 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds on average in 26 minutes in the Euroleague with Zenit. “I definitely have experience to bring, because I think I’m the oldest player in this squad. But also leadership because that’s how I am in the field. I think that I can help young players to evolve at this level, and to forge themselves for the future ”, confided the American on the site of his new team.
Mike James as a backup?
In addition, some rumors point to a possible arrival of Mike James on the Rock, which would be a huge blow for the French championship. The 31-year-old American leader (or rear), passed through Vitoria, Panathinaikos, Milan or even CSKA Moscow where he averaged 17.7 points last season, also played 36 NBA regular season games, with Phoenix , New Orleans and Brooklyn. He joined the Nets in April 2021 and has played 13 games, averaging 7.7 points, 4.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds for Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. He then played nine play-off games, until elimination against Milwaukee. According to The team, the Monaco club confirmed the discussions between the two parties, but said no agreement had been reached, Chinese teams and other Euroleague teams are also on the spot.