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Nick Young heading overseas to play in China

Nick Young

Former NBA player Nick Young is reportedly taking his talents overseas and is set to sign a contract to play for the Zhejiang Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association, per The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.

The USC Trojan previously had a journeyman career where he hopped to six different teams all throughout his 13-year tenure in the league. After getting drafted with the 16th pick by the Washington Wizards back in the 2007 NBA Draft, Young had a one-year pitstop with the Los Angeles Clippers back in 2012.

He went on to have another coffee break with the Philadelphia 76ers in the following season before landing to don the Purple and Gold in 2013. Young played together with the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in the twilight stages of his illustrious career before he retired in 2016.

Nick Young stayed with the Lakers until 2017 and was signed by the Golden State Warriors in the following offseason. His stint in the Bay Area was capped by a championship ring as the Warriors dealt the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers to a 4-0 series sweep in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Midway through the 2018-2019 season, Young was given an opportunity by the Denver Nuggets but only appeared in four games and recorded norms of 2.3 points, 0.3 rebounds, and 0.5 assists for Mile High.

The 35-year-old will be heading to a Lions squad that is currently listed as the 12th seed in the CBA standings with a 9-13 win-loss record. Young’s shot-making abilities especially from beyond the arc will be a welcome addition to the team after coming off a 123-98 beating from the Northeast Tigers on Dec. 28.

Hopefully, Nick Young will be able to capitalize on his new opportunity in China for a bid to get a second wind in his playing career.