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Yi Jianlian | Forward | #11

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/27/1987
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 250
College: Chiina
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (6) / MLW

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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

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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.
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

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

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