Mitch Kupchak said that while Yi Jianlian has NBA size, athleticism and skill, he'll still need to "earn his way" onto the Lakers' team.
Yi Jianlian said that he's comfortable playing both the four and five.
Yi Jianlian's contract with the Lakers is guaranteed for just $250,000.
Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian.
Yi Jianlian's contract is not guaranteed for the veteran's minimum, but it can increase to $8 million with incentives, according to Mike Bresnahan of TWC SportsNet.
Updating a previous report, Yi Jianlian is reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with the Lakers in the $8 million range.
The Lakers will reportedly sign Yi Jianlian for the veteran's minimum.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Lakers are in advanced discussions with China star Yi Jianlian to bring him back to the NBA.
Yi Jianlian scored 25 points with six rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers against the United States on Saturday.
The Lakers reportedly tried to lure Chinese power forward Yi Jianlian back to the NBA.
Guangdong Hongyuan signed PF Yi Jianlian to a two-year contract.
Yi Jianlian has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Guangdong Tigers in China.
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.
Updating a previous item, Yi Jianlian is not considering playing in Spain and still wants to return to the NBA.