Breaking: Mike James signing with Monaco

Donatas Urbonas
Senior Staff Writer
2021-09-16 08:30
Credit: BasketNews illustration/E.Alšauskas
Credit BasketNews illustration/E.Alšauskas

AS Monaco are making noise in the EuroLeague market. Per BasketNews sources, the EuroLeague newcomers reached an agreement with Mike James

Mike James

Mike  James
Position: PG, SG
Age: 31
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 84 kg
Birth place: Oregon, United States of America

James finalized a deal with AS Monaco five days after terminating his contract with CSKA Moscow. The 31-year-old guard will receive solid compensation from CSKA since he had an agreement until 2023.

Recently, AS Monaco upgraded their frontcourt, signing the EuroLeague veteran Will Thomas.

AS Monaco will be the fifth EuroLeague team for James. Previously he played for CSKA, AX Armani Exchange Milano, Panathinaikos Athens, Baskonia Vitoria.

"Where I would like to play? Ah, Monaco. I heard it's nice here. Maybe it's somewhere I will go when I'm winding down a little bit. When I'm not good like that no more," Mike James told on Mindaugas Kuzminskas podcast more than a year ago.

He was the third-best scorer of the EuroLeague in the 2019-20 season (21.1 PPG). Last season, James was second with 19.3 points per game, but he left CSKA after 27 games and finished the season with the Brooklyn Nets. In 13 NBA games, he averaged  7.7 points and 4.2 assists per 18 minutes.

Mike James had one of the most compelling cases in free agency on both sides of the Atlantic. Despite his multi-year contract with CSKA, he reached an agreement with Moscow's club last season, which allowed him to become a free agent until the end of 2020-21, clearing the way to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets declined to extend James a qualifying offer this summer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Current roster


AS Monaco

Position Player Status
PG Leo Westermann (story) Signed until 2022
PG Paris Lee (story) Signed until 2022
PG Rudy Demahis-Ballou (story) Signed until 2022
SG Yakuba Ouattara Signed until 2022
SG Danilo Andjusic (story) Signed until 2022
SG Rob Gray (story) Signed until 2023
SF Alpha Diallo Signed until 2024
SF Armel Traore (story) Long-term contract
PF Jerry Boutsiele Signed until 2022
PF Brock Motum (story) Signed until 2022
PF Will Thomas (story) Signed until 2022
PF/C Donatas Motiejunas (story) Signed until 2022
PF/C Ibrahima Fall-Faye (story) Signed until 2022
PF/C Donta Hall (story) Signed until 2022
Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic
Expired contract Matthias Lessort, Dee Bost (not coming back), Jaleel O'Brien, Damien Inglis, Darrall Willis, Willfried Yeguete, Yohan Choupas, Khadeen Carrington (not coming back), Abdoulaye N'Doye, Rudy Demahis, 
Rumored to leave  
Interested Mike James 

See all the EuroLeague transfer market news here

that's going to be lots of blood, tears and sweat till this team makes one in piece, if ever.
Vinston Churchill
Big suprise! Mike James and D-Mo take play-off for Monaco! Its a secom team for me in Euroleague! Yes, man, Yes!
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