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Yi Jianlian | Forward | #11

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: Chiina
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (6) / MLW
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Yi Jianlian has returned to China to play for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
Yi's NBA return was short-lived and he'll now go back to the CBA. While his fantasy value is now gone, he had an interesting shoe issue during his most recent CBA game that can be seen in the video linked below. Nov 3 - 9:47 AM

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The Lakers have officially waived Yi Jianlian.

"Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak. "However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he'd be better off in a different situation." If Jianlian wants to play meaningful minutes, he probably needs to head back to the CBA.
Source: NBA.com
Oct 24 - 2:05 PM

Yi Jianlian has asked to be released by the Lakers and will be formally waived Monday.

He was a superstar in China and it was a fairly big surprise he came over to the NBA this year. Jianlian was not a lock for the rotation and had struggles on both ends this month. With Jianlian off the books, that should allow the Lakers to keep Thomas Robinson.
Oct 24 - 2:04 AM

Yi Jianlian has been working as the backup center for the Lakers.

Interesting. The Lakers certainly could use the space on offense, but we'll see how the Chairman fares on the defensive end. Coach Luke Walton may wind up giving Julius Randle more minutes at the five than Jianlian, so fantasy owners shouldn't be looking to pick up Yi in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 5:44 PM

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.

While Jianlian signed for $8 million, only $250,000 of that contract is guaranteed, so there's still a chance that he could be cut prior to the regular-season opener. Even if he does make the squad, Jianlian won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 27 - 4:19 PM

Yi Jianlian said that he's comfortable playing both the four and five.

"I think I can still shoot the threes, space the floor, but I’m cool with playing four or five," Yi said. He added that he's stronger and more confident than he was in the past, and he's eager to prove himself to his new team. He's confident that he will fit well in Luke Walton's system, but they haven't discussed what type of role he will have right out of the gate. The Lakers have a crowded frontcourt and they have a lot of incentive to give Julius Randle and Larry Nance significant minutes, so Jianlian's fantasy outlook isn't great.
Sep 17 - 1:10 PM

Yi Jianlian's contract with the Lakers is guaranteed for just $250,000.

Los Angeles got insanely creative with Yi's deal, the details of which can be found by following the link below. The only way Jianlian can max out with a value of $8M is if he plays in 59 or more games, a scenario that is anything but a certainty. We'll have to see how the former lottery pick looks in training camp before providing any kind of realistic projection, but he's got plenty of incentive to play well and make a strong impression now that he's returned to the NBA.
Aug 27 - 2:58 PM

Lakers sign F Yi Jianlian.

While terms weren't disclosed, the Lakers officially signed Jianlian to what is believed to be a one-year deal worth up to $8 million. Yi looked good during the Olympics, but he can be ignored for fantasy purposes as he's not even a lock to make the final roster.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 10:08 AM

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.

It's an interesting contract to help the cap flexibility right away. Jianlian was really good in the post during the Olympics, but he really struggled in his last NBA stint. Perhaps the best thing on Yi is he's known as The Chairman for his workout against a chair in 2007. He's not a lock to make the roster.
Aug 17 - 5:03 PM

Updating a previous report, Yi Jianlian is reportedly finalizing a one-year deal with the Lakers in the $8 million range.

While the deal isn't official just yet, Yi's old team in China has already released a statement saying they wish him the best on his future in the NBA. Yi didn't make much of an impact during his first five years in the league, owning career-averages of just 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game on 40.4 percent shooting. The Lakers reportedly want to use Yi as their backup center behind Timofey Mozgov, but we just don't envision him cracking the standard league equation as a reserve in Los Angeles.
Source: ESPN
Aug 17 - 12:48 PM

The Lakers will reportedly sign Yi Jianlian for the veteran's minimum.

Jianlian was impressive playing for Team China at the 2016 Olympic Games, but he'll be joining a crowded frontcourt in Los Angeles featuring Julius Randle and Larry Nance. He's unlikely to earn enough minutes with the Lakers to make a difference in standard settings.
Aug 17 - 10:24 AM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Lakers are in advanced discussions with China star Yi Jianlian to bring him back to the NBA.

Jianlin hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season, but the 28-year-old probably caught the Lakers' eye at Rio. He's averaging 20.4 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 treys for China this summer, but it's tough to see him having a significant role with Julius Randle and Larry Nance around.
Aug 16 - 10:26 PM

Yi Jianlian scored 25 points with six rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers against the United States on Saturday.

He's the best player in the Chinese Basketball Association, but NBA fans may remember him struggling from 2009-12. The Lakers were trying to get Jianlian last year, but it makes little sense for him to disrupt his success in his home country.
Aug 6 - 8:02 PM

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

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

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