Another NBA free agent appears set to head overseas for the 2019/20 season, as Emiliano Carchia of Sportando reports (via Twitter) that Jerian Grant is signing with a team in the Chinese Basketball Assocation. According to Carchia, Grant’s new club will likely be the Qingdao Eagles.
Grant, a first-round pick in the 2015 draft, has spent time with the Knicks, Bulls, and Magic over the course of four NBA seasons. In 2018/19, the 26-year-old averaged 4.2 PPG and 2.6 APG on .418/.364/.650 shooting in 60 games (15.7 MPG) for Orlando.
While Grant was the Magic’s backup point guard for much of last season, he lost that role in the second half, first to Isaiah Briscoe and then to Michael Carter-Williams. He was eligible for a qualifying offer, but Orlando passed, making him an unrestricted free agent.
With Grant expected to be officially off the market soon, there are few viable free agent options left for NBA teams in need of point guard depth. Jeremy Lin and Shaun Livingston headline the remaining FAs, with Isaiah Canaan, Devin Harris, Chasson Randle, and Raymond Felton among the other names still on the board.