Dillon Brooks To Shanghai Sharks Chatter Intensifies

Dillon Brooks To Shanghai Sharks Chatter Intensifies

Dillon Brooks’ staggering fall from grace over the past few weeks culminated in the Memphis Grizzlies declining to bring him back in 2023-24.

Despite him being just 27 years old and fresh off being selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team, Brooks’ demeanor last season and contract demands for the future (he is reportedly looking for $25 million per year) have left his NBA future in doubt.

How serious have the rumors about Brooks leaving the NBA gotten?

So serious that odds makers now have lines available for where he will end up outside the league.

According to various sportsbooks, if Brooks does depart the NBA, the Shanghai Sharks are +300 to get him. The Guangdong Southern Tigers are right behind them at +400, and the Liaoning Flying Leopards round out the top three at +500.

That being said, it’s difficult to see a scenario where Brooks doesn’t find an NBA home next season – even if he is demanding a lot more money than you would expect from someone of his caliber.

Currently one title contender has expressed interest in Brooks, but they too lack the funds necessary to pay him what he desires.

The Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers seem like the likeliest landing spots for Brooks should he remain in the NBA.

At this point, Brooks can’t even walk the streets without getting mercilessly mocked by fans. Him being linked this seriously to having to play overseas will only further fan the flames surrounding him.

On the court, at his best, Brooks is an undeniably productive piece. He definitely possess the talent necessary to still be in the NBA.

But that isn’t the only factor that goes into players remaining in the league.

Attitude and contract demands matter, too.

Where will Brooks be playing come 2023-24? Time will tell.

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Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7's go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.
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