A former Nets basketball player who'd been hounded over money recently was found buried in a shallow grave on the Far Rockaway beach Monday morning, The Post has learned.
The body of Quinton Ross, 32, was stuffed into a trash bag that was hidden in a patch of weeds midway between the water and the boardwalk at Beach 40th Street, cops said.
A law-enforcement source said he had been reported missing to the 103rd Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, on Thursday.
Ross' aunt, Stachia Jacobs
Ross' aunt, with whom he's been living recently, said her mother "saw these men chasing him" before he disappeared.
"People have been calling for Quinton asking about a car or getting some money, but I tell them he doesn't live here," Stachia Jacobs of Far Rockaway said near the crime scene.
"Why did they bury him? What could he have done? Those bastards!" she wailed.
Ross' mom's fiance said cops located his body by tracking his cell phone and identified him through his clothing.
"It looks like he was murdered and buried in a shallow grave," said Noel Moses, 61.
It's unclear if there were any signs of trauma on Ross' body. Cops said the disposal of his body raised suspicions of foul play, and were awaiting autopsy results from the Medical Examiner's Office.
The 6-foot-6 guard-forward played seven seasons in the NBA, for teams including the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Washington Wizards.
He was traded to the Nets, then based in New Jersey, for the 2010-11 season, reportedly earning a career-high $1.15 million.
But he was waived after missing 24 games due to a back injury.
The Dallas native played for the Boulazac Basket Dordogne team in France as recently as last January.
Ross Averaged around 5 points trough 4 seasons with Clippers..