Skip to main content

A Former All-NBA Player Has Decided To Play In China

Indiana Pacers' court at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Chinese basketball is making a big push at aging NBA talent. We've heard about the "monster offer" given to Dwyane Wade, and former star Lamar Odom just announced that he'll make his basketball return in China. Now, 2014 All-NBA center Al Jefferson is doing the same.

Jefferson spent his last two seasons with the Indiana Pacers. Last year, he played in just 36 games, making one start.

He was waived early this month, but reportedly had a chance to return to Indiana for 2018-19. Instead, he is making the choice to head overseas.

NBA insider David Aldridge broke the Al Jefferson China news this morning.

It is unclear how much a Chinese team is willing to pay Jefferson. The veteran minimum would have gotten him $2.4 million for the upcoming season.

We know that Dwyane Wade was reportedly offered $25 million for three years. That coincides with a big marketing push for Wade, who recently signed a huge shoe deal with Chinese company Li-Ning.

Jefferson's deal in Indiana was worth around $20 million for two years. He was set to make $4 million this season before being waived, according to Spotrac.

It is unlikely that Jefferson is set to make Wade-offer money in China, but he has been an NBA star for a longtime, if an understated one.

The 33-year old big man has averaged a double-double four times in his career, and topped 20 points per game three times.

In 2014, he was a third-team All-NBA player with the Charlotte Bobcats. That year, he averaged 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, in what was statistically his second or third-best NBA season.