Khalif Wyatt to play professionally in China

Khalif Wyatt to play professionally in China

The Sixers talk about the changes to the team this season

October 28, 2013, 6:30 pm
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In four preseason games with the Sixers, Khalif Wyatt averaged 4.3 points in 11.8 minutes. (AP)

Former Temple star and former 76er Khalif Wyatt will be taking his talents to China.

His agent, Stephen Pina, confirmed reports Monday night that Wyatt has signed a one-year deal to play for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

The club is popularly known as the "Los Angeles Lakers of the Chinese basketball." It's won eight CBA titles since being founded in 1993.

Wyatt went undrafted out of Temple last June, but signed on with the Sixers' summer league team the day after the draft and later signed a partially-guaranteed deal with the club prior to training camp.

He was one of four cuts the Sixers made last Friday, along with Royce White, Vander Blue and Mac Koshwal.

In four preseason games, Wyatt averaged 4.3 points in 11.8 minutes. He saw extended run in games against Oklahoma City and Brooklyn but played just 10 combined minutes against Minnesota and Boston.

Already on Wyatt's new team is a name basketball fans might remember from the 2007 NBA draft: Yi Jianlian. The 7-footer was drafted sixth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in '07 and spent parts of five seasons in the NBA before returning to Guangdong.

Wyatt is now the second player from the 2012-13 Owls to play professionally in Asia, as Scootie Randall is playing in Okinawa, Japan.

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