A pair of former NBA players are returning to China for the 2019-20 season, according to Dario Skerletic of Sportando, who writes that Shabazz Muhammad has signed with Shenzen and Zhou Qi has rejoined Xinjiang.

Muhammad, the 14th overall pick in the 2013 draft, spent five seasons in the NBA with the Timberwolves and Bucks. However, after being waived by Milwaukee last October, he opted to continue his career in China, joining the Shanxi Brave Dragons for the 2018-19 season.

The 26-year-old averaged 29.8 PPG and 11.2 RPG in 41 games for Shanxi and will now continue playing in the Chinese Basketball Association, albeit with a new team.

As for Zhou, the Chinese big man was the 43rd overall pick in the 2016 draft but remained with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers for one more year before joining the Rockets for the 2017-18 season.

Zhou appeared in 18 games for Houston in his rookie year, then played in just one game in 2018-19. The 23-year-old got a longer look in the G League during his time under contract with the Rockets, averaging 11.2 PPG and 7.0 RPG in 31 total games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He was released by the club last December and will now resume his career with his old team in Xinjiang.





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