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.
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.
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