By Sportswriter Shan Lei
TAIYUAN, Midwest China, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Former
Houston Rockets' guard Bonzi Wells arrived China on Friday afternoon to join
Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association league, the club confirmed
The 32-year-old agreed a one-year contract with the
club and the details of the contract were not disclosed.
The club manager Zhang Beihai denied a rumour of
80,000 U.S.-dollar salary for the former teammate of Yao Ming, the most famous
Chinese basketball player in the NBA, saying Well's salary is around half of the
Wells is expected to replace Donta Smith, who
averages 21 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.5 steals for Shanxi in the
past 11 matches, as the CBA allows only two foreign players outside Asia to each
Wells averaged 12.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2
assists in his10-year NBA career when he played for the Portland Trail Blazers,
Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and the Rockets.
He followed the step of his former Rockets' teammate,
Kirk Snyder, who signed with the Zhejiang Cyclones this summer, to play at the
Chinese league, whose fans are quite acquainted with them as they played along
with Yao in Houston two years ago.
The story of Wells to join in a club of CBA started
this summer and Zhang said the two sides had agreed the terms of the contract
about a month ago.
Zhang said Wells was waiting for an offer from a
Spanish club before he decided to sign with Shanxi on Wednesday.
Wells will team up with Olumide Oyedeji, one of the
best all-around players in the CBA, to produce the best-ever season with former
Seattle SuperSonics coach Bob Weiss.
Shanxi, one of last season's bottom teams, recorded
seven wins and four losses to be placed 6th on the standings.