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Yi Jianlian | Forward

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 250
College: Chiina

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The Lakers reportedly tried to lure Chinese power forward Yi Jianlian back to the NBA.
It's unclear exactly how much money the Lakers were offering Jianlian, but given that the signing did not come to fruition, it would seem that he wasn't really that interested in what they were offering. The No. 6 overall pick from the 2007 draft has been playing overseas in China since 2013, and recently signed a five-year extension with Guangdong Hongyuan, so there’s a good chance he never returns stateside as he'll be 33 years old when his contract expires. Tue, Aug 18, 2015 04:19:00 PM

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Guangdong Hongyuan signed PF Yi Jianlian to a two-year contract.

With no "optional clause" in his contract, the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft cannot return to the NBA until 2015. Last year, Yi led Guangdong Hongyuan to a championship win, earning league MVP honors en route. He appears satisfied with this role even though there are certainly a few NBA teams that would be happy to have him coming off their bench. He last played in the NBA for the Mavericks in 2012.
Sat, Sep 14, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Yi Jianlian has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Guangdong Tigers in China.

Yi hasn't made a great impression during his NBA career and would have been asked to embrace a reserve role, but according to the report "he thinks consistent playing time is vital." The career 40.4 percent shooter has an uphill battle to resurrect a meaningful career in the NBA.
Source: NetEase
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 03:19:00 PM

Yi Jianlian said his agent has been contacted by several NBA teams, but he will wait to consult with his "management team" in the U.S. before choosing where to sign.

It seems like a given that Yi will sign with an NBA team this season, but we've seen enough to avoid him in all fantasy formats. Through five NBA seasons, Yi has shot just 40.4 percent from the field, with more personal fouls per game (2.3) than combined assists (0.7), steals (0.5) and blocks (0.7).
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 10:09:00 AM

Updating a previous item, Yi Jianlian is not considering playing in Spain and still wants to return to the NBA.

Yi reportedly had a two-year, $5 million offer on the table from Real Madrid, but the club yanked the offer after Jianlian's salary demands, and the big man remains committed to remaining stateside. "For now, we're not considering playing in Spain," one of Yi's representatives said. He may not have a choice if his market remains nonexistent.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 08:23:00 AM

Yi Jianlian is reportedly seeking a two-year contract worth $5 million from Real Madrid.

We think it's comical that Yi can set the terms of his next deal given that he's a 40.4 percent shooter during his time in the NBA with career averages of 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds, but at least he's aiming high. We wouldn't be surprised if his NBA career was over.
Mon, Aug 20, 2012 08:08:00 AM

Yi Jianlian is currently dealing with a strained MCL.

According to the report, the injury "will affect his chances of returning to [the] NBA this season, but we're not really buying that because Yi's market has been bone dry to date. One has to wonder if his NBA career is over after being the No. 6 overall pick in 2007.
Source: Nets Daily
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 10:45:00 AM

Although several European teams are showing interest in Yi Jianlian, he remains focused on staying in the NBA.

Yi resurfaced with the Mavericks last season and is currently an unrestricted free agent. He wants to remain in the NBA, although it is yet to be seen if anyone in the Association wants him on their roster for next season. Even if he does return, he will have no fantasy value.
Mon, Jul 9, 2012 11:15:00 AM

Yi Jianlian returned to the Mavs from the D-League on Tuesday and had one rebound in five minutes.

He has no fantasy value, but has resumed his NBA career.
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 11:04:00 PM

Mavericks recalled F Yi Jianlian from the NBADL.

Yi was tearing up the D-League to the tune of 23 points and 12 boards a night through two games. Although he'll never live up to his No. 6 overall draft status, Yi does have the skill set to be a decent bench player for the Mavs. He'll likely start off as the third wing off the bench.
Mon, Jan 9, 2012 02:00:00 PM

The Mavericks sent forward Yi Jianlian and Sean Williams to the D-League's Texas Legends on Friday.

Yi's still recovering from a knee injury and Williams hasn't seen many minutes for the Mavs thus far. If Yi ever gets fully healthy and finds a spot in the rotation he could be an interesting player for Dallas. But as long as Dirk Nowitzki and Lamar Odom can walk, Yi's not worth owning in fantasy.
Fri, Jan 6, 2012 06:26:00 PM

Mavericks signed F Yi Jianlian to a one-year contract.

Dallas has already stated that Yi will spend some time in the D-League, and he's unlikely to come into any sort of fantasy value unless somebody gets hurt.
Fri, Jan 6, 2012 01:40:00 PM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Yi Jianlian could spend time in the D-League this season.

The move would allow Yi to stay in shape and work on his game, and it doesn't sound as though he's likely to have a big role in Dallas unless someone gets hurt.
Sun, Jan 1, 2012 06:50:00 PM

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that PF Yi Jianlian has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

While this is interesting news, Jianlian has constantly been injured throughout his career and will simply help Brandan Wright to back up Dirk Nowitzki once he's recovered from a knee injury recently suffered in China. Unless you're in an incredibly deep league, there's no reason to make a move for Yi at this time.
Sat, Dec 31, 2011 08:33:00 PM

Yi Jianlian, who has been playing professionally in China, will miss 2-4 weeks with a strained ligament in his right knee.

The Wizards declined to make Yi a $5.4 million qualifying offer, so he's now an unrestricted free agent. He will likely test the market in the NBA, and can always stay in China if no team offers enough for the career 40.5% shooter.
Sat, Nov 26, 2011 03:21:00 PM

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