Amar’e Stoudemire Signs With China’s Fujian Sturgeons After Failed NBA Return

Amar'e Stoudemire. Photo by Angela Pham/BFA/REX/Shutterstock

NBA veteran and six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire attempted another NBA comeback this offseason, but eventually didn’t manage to earn a roster spot. Still, Stoudemire isn’t giving up on basketball yet, as he now decided to try his luck in China.

Fujian Sturgeons of the Chinese Basketball Association announced on Tuesday that they have signed Stoudemire on a deal after he spent the past week working out for the team. The 36-year-old reportedly inked a deal that runs until the end of this CBA season.

Stoudemire will join several other former NBA players on Fujian’s roster, including Ty Lawson and Erick Green. Other NBA veterans that decided to play in China this season include former Los Angeles Lakers guard Lance Stevenson and Toronto Raptors’ Jeremy Lin.

Amar’e Stoudemire, who was the ninth overall pick in 2002 NBA Draft, last played in NBA in 2015/16 season with Miami Heat. He played a total of 846 games in the league, averaging 18.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.2 blocks.

Following his departure from NBA, Stoudemire played with Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel on two separate occasions while also making an appearance in the Big3 league.