Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:10 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The Mavericks are hunting a little more size and versatility after losing Tyson Chandler to free agency. Dallas reportedly has signed Kyrylo Fesenko to a one-year deal but according to ESPN.com, will add jumpshooting big man Yi Jianlian as well.
Yi, who was originally drafted by the Bucks sixth overall in 2007 but spent last season with the Wizards. He recently has been playing in China playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, while also helping the Chinese national team lock up a spot in the 2012 Olympics in London.
With Guangdong, Yi averaged 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while also recovering from a knee injury.
According to the report, Yi will join the Mavericks' D-League affiliate Texas Legends in Frisco on a rehabilitation stint before joining the Mavericks.
It's a low-risk, potentially high reward move for Dallas who is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with a gifted 24-year-old power forward. Dallas needs a bit of help in different areas. Fesenko will add some physicality inside, while Yi could help stretch the floor with a little jumpshooting and pick-and-pop action.
Posted on: December 15, 2010 4:24 pm
Posted by Royce Young
According to the Washington Post, after an MRI Wednesday Yi Jianlian will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained right MCL.
Already this season, Yi Jianlian has missed nine games already this season due to a right knee injury. And after playing in December, Yi's right knee is having issues again. Against the Lakers Tuesday is when Yi hurt the knee.
The Wizards are dealing with some injuries with Andray Blatche also currently out due to injury. So coach Flip Saunders will likely use Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin at power forward for the time being. Plus with John Wall suffering some knee pain because of tendonitis.
In 14 games this season, Yi 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 1:48 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Yeah I know. I've already gone over this. But Marc Stein of ESPN.com has some new information regarding who could be seeing a last minute contract extension before the Nov. 1 deadline.
And as was before, there may only be one player in line to join Joakim Noah and Kevin Durant with extensions and that's Al Horford. Sources maintain to Stein that a deal before the deadline remains probable, given Horford’s status as a borderline All-Star big man. Things were complicated with Joe Johnson's massive contract, but the fact Atlanta remains still on Jamal Crawford indicates they'd like to get something done with Horford.
But what about the other players? Stein says there's really nothing more than some "maybes" in that group. And that includes top pick Greg Oden. Reportedly, Oden is resigned to the fact he's not getting a deal and in fact, isn't really even asking for it. Understandable for both sides really. Oden's obviously had the health issues and both sides understand this is an important year for Oden's future not just with the Blazers, but in terms of his well-being.
How about Jeff Green, who I sort of went over already - where's he at? The Thunder have been characteristically quiet on negotiations but Stein says Green's camp and Sam Presti "aren't close" to getting anything done. However, there's been regular conversation between both sides and from I'm told, everyone is in good spirits. The Thunder are playing things carefully with Green with the new CBA coming plus Russell Westbrook's extension that's coming next summer.
Mike Conley (taken No. 4), Corey Brewer (No. 7), Rodney Stuckey (No. 15) and Aaron Brooks (No. 26) and likely looking at becoming restricted free agents as a deal probably isn't headed their way. Yi Jianlian (taken No. 6) and All Thornton (No. 14) of the Wizards have at least had negotiations but nothing appears to be coming, Stein says. However, he believes Yi may be getting an extension much like Andray Blatche's sometime soon.
Two others that are at least having discussion are Wilson Chandler (No. 23) and Jared Dudley (No. 22). Wilson's chances aren't great but Dudley, who's a quality bench player and a nice 3-point shooter, has a legitimate chance.
Overall, there's a very strong possibility only two players from 2007 will be getting extensions, with the chance of a third in Horford. And it's not like it was a bad class either. A combination of factors including injuries, team situations and the uncertainty of the new CBA have really complicated things for the class.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 5:49 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 5:50 pm
Posted by Royce Young
It's kind of easy to be overlooked in Washington right now if your name's not John or Gilbert. Those two are the ones making all the headlines and news right now, both for different reasons.
But quietly, Yi Jianlian, who was nothing short of fantastic in Turkey during the World Championships, is off to a quality start in preseason. So much so that the Wizards getting to work on an extension for the fourth year big man. ESPN.com's Marc Stein tweeted late Friday, "Amid John Wall/ Gilbert Arenas focus, Yi's solid start ignored. Heard this week extension for Yi by Nov. 1 deadline 'under consideration' by Wiz."
In Turkey, Yi averaged 20.2 points and 10.6 rebounds and in Washington's first preseason game Tuesday, the Chinese big man put up 11 and 10. Then next game which was last night, he went for 16 points and seven rebounds.
Does "under construction" actually mean Yi will have an extension to sign before Nov. 1? By no means. But for a guy that looked like a bust in Milwaukee, to a guy that showed promise in New Jersey, to a guy that's looking at getting an extension and legit playing time in Washington, Yi has already walked a few miles in his short NBA career.
The Wizards gave Andray Blatche a nice big contract extension a few weeks ago and picked up the option on JaVale McGee, so there could be some question as to where Yi fits. He was acquired for Quentin Ross and cash, but if the extension talk gets serious, Yi might be a high value guy that can settle in and play three positions in Washington.
Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:45 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 9:51 am
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Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 2:33 pm
Speaking of seven foot tall Chinese dudes ...
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the New Jersey Nets have traded more of their assets to clear cap space. This time, they've jettisoned Yi Jianlian to the Wizards in return for Quinton Ross . The move saves the Nets about $3 million and will put them close, but not over the space needed to sign two max free agents, leaving them still behind Miami, New York, and Chicago. They'll have a little over $30 million in space, needing a little under $33 million to sign two max free agents in this class.
The Wizards get an interesting player, but one who has clearly not lived up to the hype surrounding him coming into the league. Jianlian has been criticized for being soft. Okay, that's an understatement. Imagine the creamiest, most whipped yogurt you can imagine. Now drive a truck through it. That's what most people consider Yi's defense to be like. He's seven feet tall, but plays at the small forward spot. On Washington, he'll battle with Al Thornton for the starting-small-forward-that-needs-m
Jersey on the other hand now can revamp it's team pretty cleanly, even if they whif on one of the big three.