Former Hawks center Johan Petro has signed a contract to play in China next season. (USA Today Sports Images)

Johan Petro Playing in China Next Season

NBA veteran Johan Petro didn’t receive any offers in free agency and has signed with Zhejiang Guangsha to play in China next season, according to Enea Trapani of

As we reported this afternoon, when Misko Raznatovic denied rumors about Malaga and said that Johan Petro would play in China next season, now there’s the confirmation. Johan Petro will play with Zhejiang Guangsha next season.

Worth noting: there is no “NBA escape” in Petro’s contract, which means he’ll play in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) for the entire 2013-14 season.

Petro, 27, is a native of France and came to play in the NBA eight years ago when the Seattle SuperSonics selected him 25th overall in the first round of the 2005 draft.

He played his first three seasons in Seattle, then went with the team when they moved to Oklahoma City, but was only there for a cup of coffee. After 22 games in OKC, the Thunder traded him to the Denver Nuggets, along with a 2009 second round pick, in exchange for guard Chucky Atkins, a conditional 2009 first round pick and cash considerations. Petro finished that 2008-09 season and played the following year in Denver as well.

On July 10, 2010, the New Jersey Nets signed Petro to a three-year, $10 million contract. He scored the final ever points of the New Jersey Nets existence on April 26, 2013 against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre in the last game of the season.

On July 11, 2012, the Nets shipped Petro, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Williams, Anthony Morrow, and DeShawn Stevenson to the Atlanta Hawks in a blockbuster trade for six-time all-star shooting guard Joe Johnson.

The 7-foot center played in 31 games (8 starts) with the Atlanta Hawks last season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game. Petro set a career-best shooting 91.7 percent from the foul line last season with the Hawks.

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