Unrestricted free agent Jeff Ayres has agreed to a deal with an unnamed Chinese team, international journalist David Pick reports (on Twitter). The pact will pay the power forward approximately $1MM for the upcoming season, Pick adds.
The 28-year-old appeared in 51 contests for the Spurs during the 2014/15 campaign, averaging 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 7.5 minutes per game. Ayres’ career numbers through five NBA seasons are 3.0 PPG, 2.8 RPG, and 0.4 APG to accompany a slash line of .554/.500/.766.
Ayres will still have the opportunity to play in the NBA in 2015/16, provided there is any interest in his services, as the Chinese Basketball Association’s season concludes in late February, with the playoffs generally running through March. The forward would be free to sign with any NBA club once his team’s season concluded, or upon its elimination from the playoffs.