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Andray Blatche signs long-term deal with Chinese team

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Andray Blatche is following in the footsteps of another former Net, Stephon Marbury, and signing a long-term deal in China with the Xingyiang Flying Tigers. The deal will reportedly be for three years at $7.5 million and won't include any NBA "outs."

Asia Basket reported over the weekend, "Terms are not disclosed but it has been confirmed to be the largest deal in CBA history possibly in overseas basketball history." On Monday, the deal became official, reports David Pick, an Israeli hoops writer.


Blatche, who played well for the Nets over two seasons, reportedly has no interest in returning to the NBA.

Last season, the 6'11" Blatche earned $2.5 million in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was also paid $1 million to play for the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup and received $8.5 million in amnesty payments from the Wizards, the last money he will receive from Washington.

The Nets had some interest in Blatche after he returned from China, where he averaged 31.1 points and 14.5 rebounds and became a fan favorite in the western city of Urumqi, just as Marbury has in Beijing. Blatche has been dealing with a serious family matter since his return.  Brooklyn is expected to sign a D-League prospect, if anyone at all, to fill the 15th spot.

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