SHENYANG, North China, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club Liaoning denied Wednesday rumors that former Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi has reached an agreement with the team.
Zhou, who was waived by the Rockets last month, came back to China recently and several top CBA teams showed their interests to sign the center to boost up their chances of the championship.
Rumors on Wednesday said Zhou had already signed a four-year contract with Liaoning, where he lived after 9 years old, and the club would make the announcement soon.
"We noticed the news that Zhou Qi has signed a contract with Liaoning club is viral on the social media. We want to make it clear that we did contact with Zhou and his agent, but there is no agreement reached so far," said a statement released by Liaoning on Wednesday.
In the 2016-17 season, Zhou led the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of CBA to their first ever championship and was named Defensive Player of the Year, before he joined the Rockets. Zhou finished his first NBA trip by averaging 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 regular-season games.