Khalif Wyatt, the former Temple Owl and Norristown, PA product, has signed a deal to play with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China, a league source has confirmed. This past summer Wyatt impressed during a stint with the Sixers. He averaged 13.8 points per game over 5 games including a 27 point and a 25 point performances against Brooklyn and Indiana.
After emerging as the best college player in the Philadelphia region during his senior season at Temple, Wyatt entered the preseason as one of the favorites to make the team, but ultimately the new Sixers coaching staff decided to cut him from the final roster.
Wyatt’s new team is one of the best-performing teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, or CBA. The Tigers have won seven CBA titles (champions of the finals), behind only the Bavi Rockets’ eight titles. The Tigers are the only team to have qualified for the CBA playoffs in all the seasons since the league launched in 1995.
According to league sources familiar with the deal, Wyatt is the highest paid non-NBA rookie in professional basketball for the 2013-2014 season. His agent, Stephen Pina, ASM Sports, notes that Wyatt left for China this morning. “Khalif was truly impressed with the level of interest demonstrated by the Sixers and other NBA teams. However, the offer from the Guangdong Southern Tigers was extremely attractive and he looks forward to helping the Tigers pursue another CBA title.”
After being released by the Sixers on Friday, Wyatt left for China on Tuesday. His ability to sign such a lucrative contract in a matter of days illustrates ASM SPORTS’ ability to offer worldwide industry expertise that reflects the true global nature of basketball today. From Europe, to Asia, to Africa, and South America, ASM Sports works with teams in all corners of the globe.