Sloan signed a one-year, $2.7 million contract Wednesday with Guangdong of the Chinese Basketball Association, Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops reports. The 28-year-old Sloan appeared in 61 games for the Nets last season, averaging 7.0 points, 4.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds over 21.6 minutes per game. He ended up making 33 starts after Jarrett Jack suffered a season-ending ACL tear in January, but didn't make enough of an impact to hold on to that role for good, ultimately surrendering starting duties to Shane Larkin. Given his five seasons of NBA experience, Sloan probably generated interest from teams as a third-string point guard, but he likely would have struggled to receive the guaranteed money he'll earn with Guangdong. Sloan previously suited up for the Chinese club in 2013, playing a large role in the club's CBA title. Once the CBA season comes to an end in late February or early March, Sloan could end up latching on with an NBA team for the rest of the campaign.
Sloan finished with 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five assists, and three rebounds in 35 minutes during the Nets' 129-105 loss to the Pacers on Sunday. Sloan and Shane Larkin shared the backcourt for much of the contest, and Sloan managed to score a season-high 19 points. He was also rather efficient, committing zero turnovers albeit in a blowout loss, and Sloan now has three straight games with exactly five assists. The Nets are only playing for pride during the last two contests, and veterans are receiving rest. As a result, Sloan and several other Nets could be in the conversation for cheap dart throws over the final two regular season games.
Sloan (illness) returned to action in Wednesday's 121-103 loss to the Wizards, finishing with no points (0-5 FG) and five assists over 17 minutes. Sloan missed Sunday's loss to the Pelicans while dealing with an upper-respiratory illness, but with two full days off between games, he was able to slot back into his usual role on the second unit. Shane Larkin hasn't really offered standout production since claiming the starting role at point guard, but he's been steady enough to stave off Sloan.
Sloan has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Pelicans with an upper respiratory illness. Sloan came down with an illness early Sunday morning and will now be held out of their matchup with the Pelicans. With Sloan sidelined, look for Shane Larkin to handle the bulk of the playing time at the point. Considering it's just an illness, it's not expected to keep him sidelined for long and he could be back as soon as Wednesday's outing versus the Wizards.
Sloan will move to a bench role for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports. With Sloan producing only one double-digit scoring performance in the last five games, coach Tony Brown has elected to shake things up, inserting Shane Larkin into a starting role. Both Sloan and Larkin haven't been seeing huge differences in their minutes over the last few games as it is, but Sloan figures to see the smaller portion of the timeshare at point guard nonetheless beginning with Thursday's game.
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