Former North Carolina legend Ty Lawson spent the first eight seasons of his professional career in the NBA after leading the Tar Heels to a national title as a junior back in 2009.
However, with his NBA prospects waning last year, Lawson, like many players have recently, wound up signing to play in China after receiving a $2.4 million contract from the Shandong Golden Stars. But it appears he’s now ready to return to the NBA, as Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports that he has signed a contract with the Washington Wizards.
Lawson spent his first six seasons with the Denver Nuggets, who originally drafted the speedy point guard with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. In his final two seasons before leaving for China, he bounced around between the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings.
The former Tar Heels star who averaged 16.6 points, 6.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game during his final season in Chapel Hill averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 assists per game over the course of his 551 games in the NBA. At 30, the Wizards won’t necessarily be expecting that level of productivity but he can add depth at point guard with John Wall missing 41 games in 2017-18.