Andrew Nicholson signs with Chinese basketball team

Sep 06, 2017 | by Mississauga News

Andrew Nicholson’s next stop in his basketball career will be overseas.

After five years in the NBA, the Mississauga forward has signed with the Guangdong Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

The Tigers have won the CBA title eight times, good for a share of the league record.

Several former NBA players have spent time with the organization, including Carlos Boozer, Jeff Adrien and Ike Diogu.

Nicholson, 27, had a promising rookie season with the Orlando Magic, who selected him 19th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, but his production and playing time have decreased ever since.

When his contract with Orlando expired last year, he signed a four-year deal with the Washington Wizards, but was traded to the Brooklyn Nets midway through the season.

In July, he was traded again to the Portland Trail Blazers and waived a month later. That deal was only made because Portland wanted to shed the salary of Allen Crabbe, who was traded to Brooklyn.

Nicholson has averaged six points and three rebounds over 285 career NBA games.

Recently, he played with Canada’s national team, which went 1-2 at the FIBA Americup — part of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying process — in Argentina.