Los Angeles Lakers sign Wang Zhelin and here is all you need to know about the deal
Los Angeles Lakers have announced that they sign Wang Zhelin from the Memphis Grizzlies. It has been revealed that the deal will include Marc Gasol and a future second round pick to be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for the Chinese superstar. The deal will also include some cash considerations. Further details on the cash considerations have not been revealed as of yet.
Memphis Grizzlies drafted the CBA star in 2016 as their second-round pick and 57th overall. LA Lakers who have traded Marc Gasol has become the only player to have been traded by the same player on to the same team that is Memphis Grizzlies.
Who is Wang Zhelin?
Wang Zhelin is a 27 year old Chinese international player. As mentioned earlier Wang Zhelin was initially drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies. Although he was drafted by them he actually never got to play in the NBA. At the time he was only 22 years old and needed some polishing to become a NBA regular.
Zhelin was sent back to China to play in their league the CBA. Wang Zhelin plays for the CBA team Fujian Sturgeons. The Chinese star was also named the CBA Rookie of the year in 2013. In 2019 he was named as the CBA Most Valuable Player. He has also earned some accolades while playing for the China National Basketball team. He won the gold medal in the FIBA Asian Championship 2015 and also at the 2018 Asian games.
Will Wang Zhelin play for the Lakers?
It is unlikely that he will play for the Lakers anytime soon. His deal was majorly to clear up space for future talents and to clear Marc Gasol from the Lakers roster. Though he is one of the most talented Chinese players at the moment he still has a lot of learning to become a NBA regular. With LA Laker’s tight and highly talented squad it is even more unlikely that he will get a chance to play for them.
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