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REPORT: Jerian Grant signs contract to play in China

NBA point guard Jerian Grant has agreed to a deal to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, the club is likely the Qingdao Eagles.

Grant last played for the Orlando Magic, who acquired the point guard in July via a three-team deal. The 26-year-old appeared in 60 games for the Magic, averaging 4.2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest in limited minutes. He shot 41.8 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from 3-point range, and 65.0 percent from the free throw line.

Grant was a first-round pick for the New York Knicks, who acquired the selection from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr. during the 2015 NBA Draft. He only competed for the Knicks for a single season before New York sent him to the Chicago Bulls in the deal that brought Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second-round pick to the Big Apple.

With the Bulls, Grant had a relatively poor two-season stint, averaging 7.2 points per game while shooting 41.9 percent from the floor in 137 appearances. Chicago traded Grant in July of 2018 in the three-team Timofey Mozgov–Bismack Biyombo deal with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Magic were unable to offer Grant employment after signing former Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams to a contract in the offseason. Carter-Williams appeared in 12 regular-season games for Orlando after signing multiple 10-day contracts with the franchise.

Orlando also has former first-overall pick Markelle Fultz, another guard, on the roster. They acquired the University of Washington standout from the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA’s trade deadline last February. Additionally, the Magic are entering the final season of D.J. Augustin’s four-year contract.