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Brandon Jennings heading to China on one-year deal, report says


Brandon Jennings’ career has come full circle.

The former top prospect who decided to skip college and instead opted to play overseas when he graduated from high school is once again going to take his talents out of the country, only this time he will be playing in China, according to ESPN.

Jennings has accepted a one-year deal worth $1.5 million to play for China Shanxi.

Jennings spent time in 2016-17 playing with the Knicks for half a season before asking to be traded to a contender. He then ended up in Washington with the Wizards but never really fit with John Wall.

That’s a positive. But the more enticing prospect than 2012 Anthony is Olympic Anthony. We don’t see that guy much in the NBA — last year, he was the roll man in pick-and-roll scenarios on just 2.5 percent of his possessions. That’s not going to work in Houston’s offense. If he can be a guy whose function is to set screens for Paul and Harden, line up on the perimeter for open 3s and take advantage of isolation scoring opportunities when they present themselves, he will be a really good offensive complement to his backcourt mates.

Heck, take a look at what the offense did for Anderson last season. In all, he took a career-high 7.0 3s per game, and amazingly, 5.7 of those were open, catch-and-shoot attempts (fourth-most in the league, despite playing just 29.4 minutes). He knocked down 40.3 percent of his 3s, and 42.7 percent of his catch-and-shoot attempts.

There’s no reason Anthony can’t have similar success simply by being part of the offense and letting the ball handlers do the work — he shot 42.6 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s last year, but only saw 3.5 of those per game.

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