The rest of the NBA Development League season just got more difficult for the Mad Ants.
All-Star point guard Walker Russell Jr., who led the team in nearly every offensive category this season, has left the team to play in China.
Russell, who played in the D-League All-Star game in Los Angeles nearly 10 days ago, averaged 17.7 points, 7.9 assists and 34.7 minutes played for the Ants (17-20), who will return home to play Reno on Thursday and Friday.
To fill the vacancy, the Ants were part of a three-way deal.
Fort Wayne will get 6-foot-2 guard Derek Raivio from Erie. The Ants traded their third-round draft pick next season to Austin, who sent 6-3 guard Jermaine Beal to Erie.
Raivio was the back-up point guard at Erie, where he averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 assists in 25 games.