Chinese power-forward Yi Jianlian sparked ample interest in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ think-tank this off-season. What is in store for this guy on the Lakers court? Find out in this article below.
In the 2007 NBA draft, Yi was the sixth overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks. But Milwaukee traded him to the New Jersey Nets despite Yi having averaged averaged 12.0 points and 7.2 rebounds during the 2009-10 season. He struggled with minutes in his next two stints.
Yi, last had a brief stint in NBA with the Dallas Mavericks before returning to China during the lock-out and played there since 2012.
Why Yi Jianlian?
The Los Angeles Lakers traded Roy Hibbert and signed Lou Williams and Brandon Bass during free agency this off-season.
The team recently roped in Jonathan Holmes and agreed to terms with Michael Frazier. The Lakers’ team will first feature in a pre-season warm up game on October 4 in Hawaii.
The team also tried to “lure” Chinese power forward Yi Jianlian back to NBA, according to sources. Rather, Yi’s achievements in Chinese circuit “lured” the Lakers management to offer him a deal at LA.
Source: Los Angeles Lakers tried to lure Chinese power-forward Yi Jianlian back to the NBA.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 18, 2015
Yi has notched up three back-to-back Chinese Basketball Association titles. Yi averaged 27.7 points on 57.5 percent shooting and 10.9 rebounds in his 45 appearances for his current side Guangdong.
During his last NBA stint, the Chinese featured in 30 games for the Dallas Mavericks.
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