Reports broke yesterday that guard Toney Douglas, who spent part of last season with the Miami Heat, has agreed to play in China next season.
As per David Pick of Eurobasket.com (via Twitter):
NBA free agent Toney Douglas is headed to China, according to source.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 18, 2014
Douglas has played five seasons in the NBA, joining the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors before joining the Heat. Miami acquired Douglas late last season in a three-team trade with the Boston Celtics and Warriors, having sent Joel “The Warden” Anthony to Boston in exchange for backcourt help.
With Dwyane Wade in an out of the lineup, Douglas actually played in 27 games, starting 17 of them. He averaged 4.2 points and 1.8 assists per game.
Douglas has reportedly agreed to a 1-year deal worth about $1 million to join the Jiansu Dragons in Nanjing, China. Current Heat player Chris “Birdman” Andersen once played for the Dragons during his wild, journeyman career.
Douglas was solid if unspectacular in his time in the NBA; a bulldog on defense and competent-yet-erratic scorer. He fell out of Miami’s plans with the drafting of Shabazz Napier, re-signing of Mario Chalmers and the reported interest in former Phoenix Suns player Leandro Barbosa.