With free agents who are unable to find work in the NBA, overseas has become a viable option. Add Byron Mullens to the fold of players who’re taking that route as the 7-foot center has reached a deal with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the CBA.
After five years of finding himself on a couple of different NBA benches of a couple of different NBA teams, Byron Mullens has decided to take his talents to China.
According to Sina.com, Mullens has officially reached a deal with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. He will join NBA veteran Von Wafer and Jordanian guard Zaid Abbas as the third foreigner on the squad.
Mullens’ NBA career hasn’t panned out as expected. Things never came into fruition as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, so the franchise decided to trade the center to the then-Charlotte Bobcats. As a member of the Bobcats, Mullens would be thrust into the starting lineup where he’d average 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds. Unfortunately his shooting numbers were piss poor–he shot 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.
Entering free agency in the summer of 2013, Mullens would join the Los Angeles Clippers where things also wouldn’t work out: his inability to spread the floor and defend made him a liability to the team. The Clippers would soon send Mullens to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline.
If Mullens can put on a spectacular showing, his opportunity to return to the NBA will arise.