It appears the NBA has lost another veteran to China as point guard Toney Douglas has decided to play abroad, at least for the upcoming season.
As of now the team Toney Douglas plans to sign with and terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, though it’s believed to be nothing more than a one-year deal.
You may recall earlier in the offseason a handful of teams were said to have interest in signing the veteran point guard, especially the Chicago Bulls who seemed very likely to offer Douglas a contract. However, the team, for whatever reason decided to take a different route and ended up bringing in Aaron Brooks instead.
It’s a little odd that Douglas decided to head to China considering the point guard position is usually coveted in the NBA, especially for a veteran.
NBA free agent Toney Douglas is headed to China, according to source.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 18, 2014
It’s not known as to what type of offers Douglas was receiving from NBA teams though it’s likely he’ll sign for more money in China and will also get significantly more playing time since he’d be nothing but a backup at minimum on an NBA roster. That said, Toney Douglas has shown an ability to play in the league and played well for the Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks and Miami Heat previously.
Douglas is just one of many former NBA players who’ve decided to play in China this season, including Metta World Peace, Al Harrington and Byron Mullens.
China became a popular destination for NBA talent during the previous lockout and seemingly continues to be so.