(From Yahoo Sports)
Seven-footer Zhou Qi has reached an agreement with his Chinese team, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, that will allow him to buy out his contract and join the NBA in 2017, his agent, Alex Saratsis, told The Vertical.
Zhou is considered one of the most important prospects China has produced and has already established important roles in his country’s domestic league, the Chinese Basketball Association, and on the Chinese national team, which will compete in the Rio Olympics this summer.
His team, which lost in the semifinals of the CBA playoffs, was initially reluctant to let him fly to the U.S. to work out for NBA teams and enter the 2016 draft. It also was hesitant to agree to part with him so soon because he still has another five years left on his contract. The deadline for early-entry candidates to withdraw from the draft is 5 p.m. ET on Monday. Read more