Stephon Marbury, Beijing Fly Dragons Agree to Contract for Guard's Final Season

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2017

BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 30:  Stephon Marbury#3 of the Beijing Ducks handles the ball during Game 5 the 2012 CBA Championship Finals against the Guangdong Southern Tigers at the MasterCard Center on March 30, 2012 in Beijing,China. (Photo by Gu Zhichao/Sports Illustrated China/Getty Images)
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Stephon Marbury will play his final basketball season in China next year for the Beijing Fly Dragons. 

The former NBA point guard announced his intentions on his Instagram account:

Marbury spent six seasons in the same city playing for the Beijing Ducks.

The 40-year-old, who last appeared in the NBA in 2008-09, has won three Chinese Basketball Association championships with the squad but was released in April. He apparently turned down the opportunity to coach in order to continue his playing career.

"We agreed that I would leave this season and the door is always open to coach," Marbury said, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "They had the option for me to play or coach, and they wanted me to coach. It’s understandable at my age, but my age doesn’t dictate my game."

He will now join a team that struggled last season while finishing just 17th out of 20 teams in the CBA. Former Duke star Shavlik Randolph is the only other American on the roster.

Marbury is a two-time NBA All-Star who currently ranks 25th in league history in total assists, but he seems to have found a home in China.

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