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Nick Young Receiving 'Major Interest' From Chinese Teams, According To Report

The Wizards' free-agent guard is receiving interest from teams in China. If he signs there, he would not be able to return to the Wizards once the NBA lockout ends.

Nick Young, who led the Washington Wizards in scoring last season, is receiving "major interest" from Chinese professional basketball teams, his agent tells ESPN's Marc Stein. Young was slated to be a restricted free agent as soon as the NBA lockout ends, meaning the Wizards could match any contract offer he received from another NBA team. That is not the case, however, if he goes overseas.

If Young were to sign in China, the Wizards would lose out on retaining his services whenever the NBA returns. The Chinese Basketball Association recently declared that teams wishing to sign NBA players could not give them an out to return to the NBA once the lockout ends. That seemingly closed off the option for many NBA players, but it was re-opened last week when Denver Nuggets free-agent forward Wilson Chandler signed a deal to leave the NBA and play in China.

Young averaged 17.4 points per game for the Wizards after receiving more playing time following the December trade of Gilbert Arenas. He missed the last part of the season due to injury, but newcomer Jordan Crawford had his moments filling in for him.

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