27-year-old Johan Petro spent the 2012-2013 NBA season with the Atlanta Hawks serving as a minimally used backup center. In his eighth year in the league, he played in only 31 games and averaged just 3.5 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11.4 minutes per game while shooting a poor 43.6 percent from the floor.
With the Hawks adding a lot of bodies to their frontcourt reserves such as Elton Brand, Gustavo Ayon and Pero Antic for the 2013-2014 season, though, there’s no longer much of a need for a relatively ineffective center like Petro. It never really seemed like Petro was going to be re-signed by Atlanta.
Now it’s certain that Petro won’t be returning to the Hawks. On Sunday, Peachtree Hoops reported that Petro has signed a deal with Zhejiang Guangsha in China late in the week and will take his talents there. Even if a team ends up showing interest in Petro, it won’t matter as the deal in China does not contain an NBA out.
The Hawks were Petro’s fourth NBA franchise in eight seasons in the league. A large reason that he’s bounced around is that he’s never had a great deal of success. In 473 career games he has averaged only 4.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game. Petro also only has a career shooting percentage of just 46.2 percent.
Needs for big men always seem to arise in the NBA, especially for semi-competent big men to fill up the bench. Though Petro won’t be seen in the league this year, it definitely doesn’t feel like we’ve seen the last of him.