Report: Chinese draft prospect Zhou Qi agrees to buyout that will let him join NBA in 2017
There’s plenty to like about Zhou Qi.
He’s tall (7-foot-2) and long (7-foot-6.5 wingspan). He has a nice feel for blocking shots. His touch with the ball adds intrigue.
But he’s reportedly signed in China for five more years.
At least there’s now a solution to that problem.
Zhou is rail thin. He needs to add so much strength, anyway, teams probably won’t mind stashing him for a year. Some might prefer he progress under their trainers and nutritionists, but it’s probably not a deal breaker.
He’s a borderline first-round pick, though that’s a range with a lot of variance this year. Someone could snag him in the teens, or he could fall well into the second round.
A team with multiple draft picks might even prefer his delayed timeline for joining the NBA. Looking at you Celtics, 76ers and Suns.