Byron Mullens reaches deal with Shanxi Dragons of the CBA

After five years of finding himself on a couple of different NBA benches of a couple of different NBA teams, Byron Mullens has decided to take his talents to China.

According to, Mullens has officially reached a deal with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. He will join NBA veteran Von Wafer and Jordanian guard Zaid Abbas as the third foreigner on the squad.

His draft rights were acquired by the Oaklahoma City Thunder from the Dallas Mavericks when they picked him up 24th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft.

He spent two seasons with the Thunder but rarely saw the floor. In fact, on avergage, Mullens played only five minutes per game during his rookie and sophomore seasons.

In 2012, Mullens started 41 games for the Charlotte Bobcats averaging 10 points and six rebounds. Since then, Mullens has played for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers where he would find himself deep in the teams rotations.

Mullens (7-feet tall) is 25 years-old and if anything, this stint in China is to find his game a revive his confidence.

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