Ivan Johnson Signs With Chinese Team

August 29 2013 at 8:51am CDT By Luke Adams

8:51am: Johnson's agent, Jeremiah Haylett, has confirmed that his client has signed with Zhejiang, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (via Twitter).

8:37am: After failing to receive any NBA offers to his liking, Ivan Johnson has signed with China's Zhejiang Golden Bulls, according to a Hupu.com report (translation via HoopsHype). We haven't heard yet from Johnson's camp that the deal is official, but based on the report out of China, it looks like the big man is heading overseas for the coming season.

Johnson, 29, reportedly set an end-of-August deadline for NBA offers, and with no suitable opportunities stateside, opted instead for one of his international offers. Playing in non-NBA leagues is nothing new for the Oregon product, who has spent time with teams in South Korea and Puerto Rico, as well as playing in China in 2011 before coming to the NBA.

In two NBA seasons with Atlanta, Johnson averaged 6.5 PPG and 3.9 RPG to go along with a 15.1 PER in 125 contests. The former Hawk drew interest from the Knicks this offseason, and reportedly engaged in preliminary talks with at least six NBA teams in total. However, I would guess none of those clubs were willing to offer more than the minimum.

Former NBA players Quincy Douby, Eddy Curry, and Josh Boone played for the CBA's Golden Bulls in 2012/13.

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