Japanese point guard Yuta Tabuse, who had already reached a contract agreement to play for the Phoenix Suns for the upcoming season, said Tuesday he has signed a multiyear deal with the NBA team.

Tabuse, who took part in the Denver Nuggets’ preseason training camp last fall, leaves on Wednesday for Phoenix where he will start training in his second attempt to make an NBA team before the season gets under way on Oct. 10.

The details of the contract were not disclosed. If he makes the grade, Tabuse will become the first Japanese to make the final 12-man roster on an NBA team.

“In the NBA it’s difficult to know what will happen to those other than superstars. Right now, I’m just at the starting line. This is when I really have to fight,” said the 23-year-old Tabuse.

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