(BEIJING) — After 15 years in the NBA, Tracy McGrady is headed to play in China with the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles in the Chinese Basketball Association.
The seven-time NBA All-Star broke into the league in 1997 with the Toronto Raptors and spent last season with the Atlanta Hawks, but was unable to find a job this offseason.
“I consider myself a student of the game as I have watched, studied and played with and against the best players in the world,” McGrady wrote in his blog post. “The NBA was my University and I learned so much. The gratitude I feel is really immeasurable. I have experienced the best moments a player can experience and have had some dark ones too. Both equally important in helping shape me into the man I am today.”
Chinese media reports say the contract is worth at least $1 million and the 33-year-old McGrady is looking forward to his next stop of his career. McGrady played with Chinese star Yao Ming during his time with the Rockets and will be the highest profile player to play in the CBA.
“There are times in life that a new road presents itself and it appears this time has come for me now,” McGrady wrote on his website.
McGrady averaged 19.6 points per game, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in his NBA career.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN