Reports out of China and Europe Tuesday have Wilson Chandler, who will be an an unrestricted free agent this off-season, is about to signwith Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Wilson Chandler is heading back to Chinese CBA and re-joins Zhejiang Lions for 2020-2021 season, first reported by Jiangnandecheng.— Zhang Duo (@ZhangDuo15) September 8, 2020
Wilson Chandler will continue his career in China as he agreed to return in Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.He played there in season 2011/12. #basketball #cba #nets @BrooklynNets #nba #NBATwitter #Zhejiang #Lions #china @wilsonchandler pic.twitter.com/bgWB0CazCs— chris harper (@chrisalucard) September 8, 2020
However, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic tweets that those reports may not be true...
A source close to Chandler tells me this is not accurate. https://t.co/LR4pJoUMT7— Alex Schiffer (@Alex__Schiffer) September 8, 2020
Later though, an Instagram conversation between Chandler and Stephon Marbury from three weeks ago suggested that Chandler was indeed heading back to China.
Finally, Emiliano Carchia, who the expert in overseas basketball news, cleared up the confusion...
The deal between Wilson Chandler and Zhejiang Guangsha is not done yet but it will be done, I am told.— Emiliano Carchia (@Carchia) September 8, 2020
Chandler has played with Zhejiang Guangsha in 2010-2011
Chandler, who Kenny Atkinson and Jacque Vaughn used a defensive stopper, played 35 games this past season, following a 25-game suspension for PED use. The 12-year NBA veteran averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds with a 40/31/87 shooting line in 21 minutes per game.
The 33-year-old, who started three games —replacing Taurean Prince in the final two before the hiatus, opted out of the “bubble.” He cited both health issues as well as a commitment to social justice. Chandler noted that he was concerned about infecting his 87-year-old grandmother and his children, one of whom has asthma.
The Nets have 11 players under contract for the 2020-21 season, not counting Jeremiah Martin who is on the second year of a two-year, two-way deal.