Korea regains Haynes, NBA dream on hold

“Just one shot.”

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hat’s what 31-year-old Aaron Hayne was looking for. One chance to show the National Basketball Association (NBA) that he belonged.

After a couple of workouts in the USA, Haynes has decided to postpone his NBA plans for now. Haynes and the Seoul SK Knights of the Korean Basketball League (KBL) have reached an agreement that will bring him back to South Korea for his 6th season.

Slam magazine recently released Haynes’ comeback story where Haynes said,

“I feel like it’s now or never. I always believed I could play at the NBA level and now it’s time for me to prove it.”

The 6'11 Sims draws a lot of attention inside. Photo by OSEN

The 6’11 Sims draws a lot of attention inside.
Photo by OSEN

It was also now or never for Haynes to sign in Korea. The KBL sets a free agent signing deadline for May 31. If Haynes procrastinated his decision any longer, the SK Knights would have been forced to shop around for another foreign player (each team is allowed to sign two foreign players.)

Haynes has a healthy resume in Korea. In his five KBL seasons, Haynes won a KBL championship (2009-2010), he earned the league’s scoring title twice and earned league MVP last season leading his SK Knights squad to a 44-10 record.

The SK Knights have also come to terms with Haynes’ foreign teammate and former NBA center Courtney Sims. The 29-year-old will enter his sophomore year in Korea. Sims bounced around the NBA and the NBA’s D-League from 2007 until 2010 before he started playing pro ball abroad.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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