Jamaal Franklin to be released from Chinese team Zhejiang Lions

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After being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013, Jamaal Franklin decided to spend the 2014 season in China playing for the Zhejiang Lions. He signed a two month guaranteed contract (to replace injured Jonathan Gibson) which would be extended to three months. That three month contract is up, and now the team has brought in Utah Jazz prospect Kevin Murphy to relieve Franklin of his duties.

Franklin was a pure scorer in China. In his 25 games played, the 23 year-old shooting guard average 28 points, six rebounds, and four assists leading the Zhejiang Lions to a fifth spot in the CBA standings. There’s no official reasoning explaining Franklin’s release. In fact, a day before the team announced the signing of Murphy, Franklin was one assist and one rebound shy of a triple-double (24 pts, 9 ast, 9 rbs) en-route to a 124-86 win against Fujian.

It’s a complicated situation but you can’t really expect anything less from the CBA. Murphy has officially landed in China and has met with the team for a physical examination. Word from Murphy’s camp via Twitter makes it official. Murphy has signed with the team meaning Franklin is as good as done.

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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