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Report: Arsalan Kazemi Headed To China?

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After spending last year in Iran, Kazemi may now be headed to the Far East.

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According to a report from Sportando, Sixers prospect Arsalan Kazemi may be headed to China to join the Chonqing Fly Dragon of the NBL.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Chongqing Fly Dragon evaluating Arsalan Kazemi for the Asian spot, per source</p>&mdash; Enea Trapani (@ETSportando) <a href="https://twitter.com/ETSportando/status/512890216907296768">September 19, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The NBL is the second-tier of Chinese basketball below the CBA, so this move would seem pretty lateral to the competition Kazemi faced last season. Philadelphia's second round pick in 2013 spent the previous year with Petrochimi Bandar Imam in Iran, averaging 13.1 PPG and 11.1 RPG in 19 games.

It's not a surprise that Kazemi is looking for options overseas, because the chances he would make the Sixers this year were less than zero. He was a late addition to the Sixers OPSL team, and played a total of 19 minutes over three games, where he was scoreless and pulled in three rebounds. Originally scheduled to join the team in Las Vegas as well, Kazemi never even made the trip.

At this point, it seems pretty hard to tell whether the 24-year-old has a future in Philadelphia, but hopefully he can continue to work on honing his offensive skills in China this season.