Nicholson signed a contract Saturday with the Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.com reports.
After spending his first five seasons in the professional ranks in the NBA, Nicholson headed to China last September after failing to attract much interest from North American club. Over 46 games for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, Nicholson averaged 22.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 34.5 minutes per contest, establishing himself as one of the CBA's top stars. He'll join a new team in 2018-19 with the hope of attracting renewed interest from the NBA when the CBA campaign comes to a close.
Nicholson has agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Guangdong Tigers of China, Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
Nicholson will opt to play overseas after being waived by Portland in late August following his trade there via the Nets. He appeared in just 38 games last season between Brooklyn and Washington during 2016-17, posting 2.6 points and 1.6 boards across 9.0 minutes per game. While he hasn't put together a fantasy-relevant season so far in his career, it's possible he could attempt to make a return to the NBA sooner than later considering he's only been a pro for five seasons.
Nicholson was officially waived by the Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Nicholson came over from Brooklyn as a throw-in in the Allen Crabbe trade, and the expectation all along was that he'd be waived. Portland ultimately waited more than a month to make the move, which will cost the team roughly $2.8 million against the cap over the next seven seasons, and Nicholson will now become an unrestricted free agent. The St. Bonaventure product will look to catch on with another team during training camp, but at this point his options will be limited.
Nicholson was traded Tuesday to the Trail Blazers for Allen Crabbe and will be waived, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Nicholson has struggled to become a key rotation player throughout his entire five-year NBA career, and he now hasn't started a game since the 2014-15 season. The former St. Bonaventure star appeared in just 38 games between the Wizards and Nets last season and will now be on the open market. Unfortunately for Nicholson, he hasn't shown much in terms of being an NBA-caliber player, and may take some time in either the G League or overseas.
Nicholson tallied two points (1-2 FG, 0-1 3Pt) and one rebound across two minutes in a 122-104 loss to the Thunder on Tuesday.
Since being acquired from the Wizards at the trade deadline, Nicholson's appearances with the Nets have been largely limited to garbage time. He's played in three games with his new club, averaging 3.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 7.0 minutes per contest. It's unlikely that he'll emerge as a mainstay in the rotation over the final month of the season.
Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 first-round pick will be sent from the Wizards to the Nets on Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The real asset in this deal for the Nets is the first-round pick, as Nicholson hasn't been much of a contributor during the 2016-17 campaign. Nicholson has averaged a meager 8.3 minutes per game and is heading into a power forward situation in Brooklyn that already has the likes of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker, Justin Hamilton and Quincy Acy. That likely means Nicholson will be stuck in a minor role yet again ,which means he could continue to struggle for minutes.
Nicholson played three minutes in a 120-98 win over the Thunder on Monday, recording no points and missing his only shot attempt from the field.
It was Nicholson's first appearance in six games, and the fact that it came in garbage time of a blowout illustrates how limited his role has become with the Wizards. It appears he's no better than fifth in the pecking order of Wizards big men behind Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith.
Nicholson (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 120-101 win over the Trail Blazers on Monday.
The Wizards cruised to a 25-point lead at halftime, which allowed coach Scott Brooks to give his bench players some more run, but since both Nicholson and Marcus Thornton are veterans who probably wouldn't benefit much from garbage-time minutes, both were spared from finishing out the game. Nicholson has made only two appearances in the Wizards' eight January games and doesn't look to be making any progress in his attempt to claim a consistent rotation role.
Nicholson played seven minutes in Saturday's 112-100 loss to the Spurs, posting two points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and one rebound.
In addition, Nicholson picked up three fouls along the way, perhaps diminishing his chances of seeing more extended run after starting power forward Markieff Morris was ejected in the third quarter upon receiving a double technical. Morris will be back in the fold for Monday's game against the Kings, and with Ian Mahinmi (knee) returning to the Wizards frontcourt to play 14 minutes in his season debut Saturday, it looks as though Nicholson's spot in the team's rotation could be in jeopardy. The former first-round pick is already averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in just 11.2 minutes per game, all of which are career lows.
Nicholson generated 19 points (7-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), eight rebounds, two steals and one assist across 26 minutes in Tuesday's 96-91 preseason win over the Cavaliers.
It was uncertain heading into training camp whether or not Nicholson would hold see regular minutes once the season began, but with Ian Mahinmi (knee) out for four-to-six weeks, the 26-year-old looks to have solidified a spot in coach Scott Brooks' rotation. Even if Mahinmi was fully healthy, Nicholson may have forced the issue anyway, as he's been spectacular over the last three preseason contests. He's averaged 16.3 points (on 60% shooting from the field), 8.3 rebounds, 2.0 treys and 1.0 steal across 29.3 minutes per game during that span.
Nicholson registered 19 points (7-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and five rebounds across 32 minutes in Saturday's 124-119 preseason loss to the Kings.
Nicholson has been excellent while seeing expanded playing time over the last two games, following up his double-double Thursday against the 76ers with a preseason-high scoring total. With Ian Mahinmi (knee) expected to miss around four-to-six weeks, Nicholson could be asked to fill some of the minutes at center behind starter Marcin Gortat, but it may be difficult for him to see enough court time to deliver value in most fantasy leagues.
Nicholson tallied 11 points (4-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), 12 rebounds, and one steal across 30 minutes in Thursday's 100-79 preseason win over the 76ers.
With Markieff Morris (foot) getting ruled out shortly before tip off, Nicholson was a late entry into the starting five and received a preseason-high minute load. He was able to generate a double-double out of it thanks to some hot three-point shooting, but it's unlikely to lead to expanded court time for Nicholson when the regular season arrives. He's behind Morris, Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith in the Wizards' rotation of big men, a role that may not allow him to see many minutes in competitive games.
Nicholson will start at power forward in Thursday's preseason game against the Sixers, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Markieff Morris (foot) was originally slated to play Thursday, but he ended up being a late scratch following warmups, allowing Nicholson to enter the lineup. The move should translate to a boost in minutes for Nicholson, with he and Jason Smith likely to handle most of the duties at the position.
Nicholson signed a four-year, $26 million contract with the Wizards on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Nicholson was a rotational player for the Magic this past season, seeing just under 15 minutes per game, while also posting averages of 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. Nicholson should fight for minutes at the power forward spot with both Markieff Morris and Drew Gooden for the Wizards, so despite potentially seeing a boost in value by moving to a new team, he still doesn't have a direct path to consistent minutes. His projected role should become much more clear once training camp rolls around.
The Magic won't extend a qualifying offer to Nicholson, making him an unrestricted free agent, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.
Had the Magic extended Nicholson a qualifying offer, they would have had the ability to match any offer sheet given to the big man in restricted free agency, but the team's decision to forgo the qualifying offer indicates that Nicholson will likely head to a new organization this offseason. A first-round pick out of St. Bonaventure in 2012, Nicholson never really saw his role change during his four seasons with the Magic, averaging between 12.3 and 16.7 minutes per game in those campaigns. A change of scenery should be a welcome development.
Nicholson was perfect from the field while scoring a career-high 24 points (9-9 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 3-6 FT) in Tuesday's 139-105 win against the Nets.
Forget about Nicholson's perfect shooting, he was able to accomplish a career game in just 21 minutes on the court, albeit against a joke of a matchup in the Nets. Nicholson has made the most of his minutes recently, averaging 14.6 points during just 15.8 minutes per game over the last five.
Nicholson compiled 19 points (8-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds, and one assist in 18 minutes during the Magic's 108-97 loss to the Heat on Friday.
Nicholson has scored 13 points or more in four of his last five appearances. He is averaging 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12 minutes during nine March games. Given the injuries to Nikola Vucevic (groin) and Ersan Ilyasova (collarbone), Nicholson could continue to receive a sizable share of minutes off the bench going forward.
Nicholson finished with 13 points (5-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal in 23 minutes during the Magic's 107-99 loss to the Hornets on Wednesday.
Nicholson had played 24 minutes combined during his four prior appearances in March, and saw the floor just five times in February. There was a 29-game stretch between November and December during which Nicholson played in every contest. However, he has long been an afterthought in coach Scott Skiles' rotation. With that being said, Nikola Vucevic is nursing a strained groin, and has missed six straight games. As a result, Nicholson could be called upon more often, at least until Vucevic is able to return.
Nicholson has seen a reduced role of late, seeing double-digit minutes in just one of the last 16 games.
Nicholson has had a few stretches this season when his minutes load has crept into the low-to-mid-20s, but he's fallen out of favor over the last month, racking up DNP-CDs and routinely being relegated to mop up duty. The St. Bonaventure product is unlikely to make a tangible impact this season, barring multiple injuries or a drastic roster shakeup.
Nicholson managed two points (0-3 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, and one block in seven minutes during the Magic's 113-94 loss to the Celtics on Friday.
Nicholson has only appeared in only six of the last nine games while playing fewer than 10 minutes each night. He is averaging 16 minutes per game this season, but the 26-year-old seems be in Magic coach Scott Skiles' dog-house right now. Having lost eight in a row, it's possible management will elect to shake things up at the trade deadline. However, it's unlikely Nicholson will become fantasy relevant barring extreme circumstances.
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