Overseas Report: Cole, McRae, Hickson, Jones

Free agent point guard Norris Cole is reportedly contemplating an overseas offer.
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Free agent point guard Norris Cole has received an offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv of Israel, according to overseas basketball journalist David Pick.

According to the report, the deal is for one year and $700,000. Cole has not yet accepted the offer, Pick reported.

He is also drawing slight interest from around the NBA, though no team has been willing to commit to anything more than a conversation. Cole, who played collegiately at Cleveland State, could draw interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers, depending on what happens with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

After spending the first three years of his career with the Miami Heat, Cole has spent time with the New Orleans Pelicans. He then signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder late last season, appearing in just 13 games and averaging 3.3 points.

Cole, who turns 29 years old in October, won two titles playing alongside LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as a reserve guard with the Heat. He has been mostly known for his strong defense of opposing point guards.

Here is more from overseas:

  • Former NBA shooting guard and G-League standout Jordan McRae (Cavs, Phoenix Suns) has signed with Baskonia of the Euroleague, Pick reported. McRae turned down an offer from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
  • This also from Pick: Free-agent big man J.J. Hickson and shooting guard Dominique Jones have signed with Jiangsu Tongxi of China. Hickson, 28 last played in the NBA in 2016 with the Washington Wizards. Jones, also 28, briefly spent time with the Dallas Mavericks and in the G-League.