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Report: Mavs to sign Yi Jianlian

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, 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.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 2, 2012 4:39 am

Report: Mavs to sign Yi Jianlian

It's the same reason they didn't want to re-sign Tyson Chandler, they are trying to build a team on the fly this season with a lot of 1 year contracts. I guess they think they can be major players in free agency next year. It may all back fire in there faces!! Howard may be dealt, and if so will sign with whatever team is dealt with more than likely, Paul is in a Clippers uni for atleast a few years. Williams may be the wild card. Can't see him re-signing with Jersey if they keep up there awful play.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:24 pm

Report: Mavs to sign Yi Jianlian

Some of these recent signings by the Mavs are just comical.  HE is the answer to their early season woes?  And Sean Williams?  LOL!

They made over their team a little to much this offseason.  Why didn't they just re-sign DeShawn Stevenson?  Wing depth is kind of a problem as well.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 8:07 pm

Report: Mavs to sign Yi Jianlian

Guess you don't follow basketball then. 

Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:18 pm

Report: Mavs to sign Yi Jianlian

Never heard of him.....NEXT!!!

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