Slava Kravtsov To Play In China

Two-year NBA veteran Slava Kravtsov has signed a deal to play with China’s Foshan Long Lions, agent Misko Raznatovic tweets (hat tip to Sportando’s Orazio Cauchi). The terms aren’t unknown, and it’s not clear whether the contract includes an NBA escape clause, but the early end to the Chinese schedule usually allows signees to return stateside toward the end of the NBA season and hunt for a deal at that point.

The 27-year-old center became a free agent shortly after the Suns let him go at the beginning of March to make room for Shavlik Randolph. The 6’11” Kravtsov saw precious little playing time in the NBA, averaging 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game over 45 appearances over two seasons with the Suns and Pistons, who signed him to a two-year, $3MM deal in 2012.

Kravtsov made a strong impression against Team USA in the World Cup, scoring 15 points and grabbing four rebounds in 26 minutes of work for Ukraine in its matchup against America. He averaged 7.4 PPG and 5.6 RPG in 21.4 MPG over five games in the event, but it didn’t appear as though it helped him generate enough NBA interest to bring him back to the league.

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