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Report: Former San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin will play in China for the Zhejiang Lions

Big news out of the Jamaal Franklin camp.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

According to the UT San Diego's Mark Zeigler, former San Diego State shooting guard Jamaal Franklin will play for the Zhejiang Lions in China. Zeigler tweeted today that Franklin leaves for China tomorrow.

Zeigler reported that Franklin told him the contract is for two months and that his NBA dream is not over. Franklin told Zeigler that he wanted to sign in China rather than sign an unguaranteed training camp contract with an NBA so he could make the most money possible before he returns to an NBA roster.

Franklin had previously worked out with the San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards after being cut by the Memphis Grizzlies on August 31.

The Lions play in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, led by head coach Fei Wang. The team finished fifth overall in the CBA last year with a record of 21-13 and made the playoffs. However, the Lions lost three games to one to the Beijing Ducks in the quarterfinals of the CBA playoffs.

Wilson Chandler, now a forward for the Denver Nuggets, played for the Lions in 2011-12.

Franklin now joins Xavier Thames as two former Aztecs taking their talents overseas. Thames will play this season with Baloncesto Sevilla in La Liga ACB in Spain.