By Rodger Bohn

Aquille Carr’s professional career has began and a lot of things have came to fruition sooner rather than later. After posting 15 points and 8 assists in Chengdu followed by 9 points and 7 assists in Shenzhen against the Bayi Rockets during the USA Legends Tour, Carr was offered a contract in China for next season.

“How does it feel to have your first CBA contract offer?” Qingdao Double Star owner Max Shicanbin surprised Carr with during the press conference.

Shocked, Carr said that he would have to talk with his agent. However, Tracy McGrady stepped in and volunteered to assume the role.

“We want stability,” McGrady said in his new role of player representative. “We also want a guaranteed contract and position on the team.”

For those unaware, the CBA is China’s top division and Qingdao is the team that T-Mac himself played for last season. CityLeagueHoops had the chance to talk with Carr after the game and he was humbled by the opportunity to spend a full year in China.

“It feels good. I came out here with an opportunity to show my talent and they really appreciate me,” Carr said of his time in China playing alongside T-Mac, Jason Williams,Gary Payton and Co. on the tour. “I love the atmosphere, the fans, and the games here. The only thing is the food, but I’m trying my best to get used to that.”

While it’s far from a certainty at this point that the Crime Stopper will be wearing a Qingdao jersey next season, the team appears to be putting the full court press on the 19-year old point guard.

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