Johan Petro is leaving the NBA and headed to China next season after the eight year veteran agreed to terms with Zhejiang Guangsha on Friday. The deal reportedly contains no NBA out so Petro will be locked in for the entire 2013-14 season.
Petro began his Hawks career playing sparingly and complained early on about his lack of a role with the team. He ended up appearing in 31 games for the Hawks including eight starts and finished with averages of 3.5 points and 3.6 rebounds. He was pressed into the reserve center role after Zaza Pachulia went down with a season ending Achilles injury. He appeared in all six of Atlanta's playoff games including four starts and upped his season averages to 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in nearly 17 minutes of action per game.