Lakers news: Team agrees to sign Chinese star Yi Jianlian

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The Los Angeles Lakers are continuing to make moves this offseason by agreeing to one-year, $8 million deal with Chinese star Yi Jianlianaccording to ESPN.com.

Jianlian’s deal is reportedly a non-guaranteed contract that has incentives throughout that can make it worth as much as $8 million with a $1.1 million veteran’s minimum basis. 

Although the deal yet to be finalized, his Chinese Basketball team, Guangdong Southern Tigers, have released a statement about the situation. 

The Guangdong Southern Tigers, in a statement issued Wednesday, said: “In order to help Yi seize this opportunity to play at the highest stage of [the basketball] world and unfold his capability, in order to help Yi fulfill his dream and goal, we are offering our unconditional support and cooperation to Yi to make sure he joins Lakers. Best wishes to Yi for his bright future in NBA.”

The 28-year-old had a strong showing with the Chinese National team in the 2016 Summer Olympics as he averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in five games played. He also had a highly productive 2015-16 season in the CBA averaging 26.7 points and 9.2 rebounds

Yi was originally the sixth overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2007 NBA Draft. He also bounced around the league playing for  stints with the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Dallas Mavericks in five seasons. 

His addition brings some much-needed depth to the frontcourt coming off the bench behind Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.


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