Former Seton Hall basketball star Isaiah Whitehead is following Angel Delgado to the Chinese Basketball Association.
At least temporarily.
After Whitehead announced on Instagram a few days ago that he will be playing with the Jiangu Dragons this upcoming season, more recent news clarified that it looks like he will be on a short-term trial contract, with the hopes of signing a year-long deal.
Whitehead started 26 games for the Brooklyn Nets in 2016-17 but only saw the floor 16 times in 2017-18 before having surgery on his wrist in April of 2018.
Since, Whitehead played for Russian side Lokomotiv Kuban for a few months and then signed a two-way contract with the Detroit Pistons in January, putting up big numbers (18.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.8 apg) but all for their G League affiliate.
Angel Delgado might have the chance to play against his former Seton Hall teammate after the big man signed a lucrative $4.3M one-year deal with Beijing Royal Fighters last month, joining former Arizona player Kyle Fogg.
Delgado only saw two appearances in the NBA last season but was outstanding for the LA Clippers’ G League club, averaging 18.5 ppg and a league-high 14.8 rpg en route to winning G League Rookie of the Year; Delgado also set a league record with 31 rebounds in a game.
Surprisingly, the Clippers and other NBA franchises apparently did not show enough interest in Delgado, who will now earn approximately $165K pre-tax every two weeks, in China.
Stay tuned for an upcoming, long overdue revisit of ‘Pirates Overseas‘, a roundup I used to compile of how former players are doing in the pro ranks. There’s a lot to catch up on.