Former NBA player Andray Blatche will play for the Philippines national team at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers which begin Thursday, Nov. 23.
“Be back with my brothers real soon to take care of business,” Blatche, a naturalized Filipino citizen, said via Twitter.
The 6-11 forward/center last played for the Philippines at the SEABA Championship 2017, when he averaged 14 points, 8 rebounds and 1.8 steals and led the team to a perfect 6-0 record.
Blatche is currently playing in China for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers (CBA), where he is averaging 29 points and 10 rebounds this season.
He also played with Xinjiang last year, averaging 22.5 points and 10.4 boards.
A 2005 second round pick by Washington (49th overall), Blatche has averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in nine NBA seasons with the Wizards and Nets, including a career-high 16.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in 2010-11 with the Wizards.
He last played in the NBA with Brooklyn in the 2013-14 season when he averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in only 22 minutes a game.
In March 2015, Blatche signed a three-year, $7.5 million deal with Xinjiang.
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