Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 1:22 pm  |  45 responses

Nets to trade Yi Jianlian to Wizards

It’s a straight salary cap dump for the Nets, who probably have no interest in playing Quinton Ross: “The Nets have gotten another step closer toward their ultimate goal of hitting the $33-million mark in bankroll by dumping Yi Jianlian on the Washington Wizards, in a move that will be announced in a few hours. In return, the Wiz are sending the Nets Quinton Ross’s $1.146 contract, which enables the Nets to increase their cap space to precisely $30 million – a nice round number that will get you LeBron James ($16.5M) and a stud who can start out at $13.5M.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Wow are they screwed if they don’t get Bron, Wade, or Bosh…

  • Garett

    They would be screwed, but losing Yi wouldn’t be the reason. Need to free up PT for at least a “B” free agent, ex. Boozer, and Favors

  • Stickz

    Man, I love what my Wiz are doing. Rather than go after a top FA, we keep loading up on assets. Awesome!

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    rollin the dice! But Yi wasn’t that good anyway. What are the Wizards trying to do tho? I don’t get them. Acquiring a whole bunch of players that other teams don’t want.

  • CP

    Hey Wayno, they were screwed before. Ha!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The Wizards apparently are not afraid of being partially responsible for the creation of at least two new super-powers in the East. Damn, they must have a whole sh*tload of confidence in John Wall.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    * and rightfully so, but when Wall leads them back to the playoffs and they just can’t seem to get past, say, the Bulls or Nets, they’ll have only themselves to blame.

  • cp3fan

    The Knicks and Nets are doing all of this and they could quite possibly not get either one of these guys (Nets have a better chance with Avery Johnson and Jay-Z). The Knicks are going to be left with nothing.

  • rainman10

    The Nets will make the playoffs next season. They have an owner who is serious about winning, and now a top 10 coach in the NBA. Great young talent with Lopez and T. Williams. Add a couple good free agents. I like the way this team is doing things.

  • NJ4Life

    Yi sucked so glad to see him gone no matter what happens with free agency. He’s straight up soft, tj ford once pulled him out of the air on a fast break and slammed him to the floor. True story.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    It’s not that big of a surprise since the only unmovable piece is Brook Lopez.

  • CC413

    nice move by the nets to clear up cap space but this may also be an ok move for the wizards too.. the wizards are trying to completely build this team around wall such as the cavs tried to do with bron.. tho yi has thus far been primarily a let down in the L he should fit in ok as a solid bench role player on a team built around one man.. i would rather have yi over quinton ross on my team too.. yi may have let us down as a star player but maybe there is still hope for him as a solid 6th 7th or 8th man.. this is just one of the many steps the wizards will make in finding complements for john wall

  • underdog

    Lot of teams gonna regret all this dumping.

  • CC413

    the knicks sure will but the nets not so much.. they only won 12 games last year remember? so all they can do is get better

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance

    Hey the could lose 71 games next year. Seriously though, the Knicks are in big trouble. A few years ago I would have said that even the B list FA’s would pick the Knicks over the Nets soley because its NY. But with the Nets moving to BK soon, that is not even a selling point anymore. For teams with straight up cap room, no sign and trade stuff, the Knicks are like 4th on the list of places a FA would want to sign.

  • CC413

    losing 71 games not very likey.. they will win 30-35 and maybe even 40 depending on who they pick up in free agency

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  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Wiz will have a strange roster. No way theyre keeping josh howard right? Wall, gil, thornton, blatche, mcgee. Not a bad starting point

  • bnets

    Ernie Grunfeld & da Wizards must hate da Knicks so much. They just love clearing out cap space for da Bulls by getting Hinrinck & now getting Yi from ma Nets hahah

  • Stickz

    Don’t underestimate the Wiz’s plans. They are following the OKC plan of loading up on young players and draft picks with their cap space, rather than spending it all on a single FA who will get you a 1st round exit, and a pick in the 10-15 range every year. It’s the same philosophy Leonsis used with the Capitals, and they had the league’s best record last year. Not to mention he’s getting all these players for absolutely nothing.

  • Stickz

    @bnets the Wiz don’t hate the Knicks either, just the Cavs. You’ll see when they trade Gil to the Knicks for Eddy Curry after they land no good FAs this summer.

  • Sparker

    nothin’ from nothin’ (still) leaves nothin’

  • bnets

    no way da wiz are gettin curry, more likely gil and another wiz for vince carter/ one of da magic`s big except dwight of course. And Ernie does not like da knicks.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Yi as actually not bad before he got injured last year. He had a few 20 point games during a stretch but his knee or something got hampered… Hopefully he can play well for the Wiz alongside John Wall; if not, well…

  • CC413

    i believe he will teddy-the-bear.. i believe he will be a valuable asset if he can find his rythem with the team and show us alil more of what he showed us before he got hurt.. if not im labeling him a bust like most players picked from overseas

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Yi has had a few good games, but hes still pretty unproven.. Maybe he will have a better chance to grow in DC.. I was kinda hoping he would pair with Yao and see what happens..

  • CC413

    china would go nuts if yi joined yao in houston lol they would love it

  • Stickz

    Oh, and the Wizards arena is actually in Chinatown. Yi will love that.

  • Wat Misaka

    The Wiz will make money off international sales of Yi jerseys.

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com Clay

    Many of the teams dumping salary are selling the idea to their fans of getting a top player, and while they would be pleased to land one, they know that they very well may not. That’s fine with them, because it provides an excuse to cut down the money dished out to the players.

  • rainman10

    @ Stickz, there really isn’t anything in DC Chinatown that would make Yi feel welcome, unless he likes Urban Outfitters and McDonalds.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/42594-hoops4life Overtime

    This is wayyyy different from the Thunder philosphy. This is more like a page from the Kings new book. The wiz know they arent gunna get more than a first (maybe second round, but itd be an upset) exit, if the playoffs atal.
    Therefore, they plan to get the ball to Wall, let him dance his way to the rookie of the year, and genuinely get ppl interested in the franchise again, get them a selling point, as they dont have that power anymore. Get some serviceable people in that, hey, may aswell risk on if ur not gunna lose anything, such as Yi.
    A la Kings last season with Evans

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Quentin Ross is still in the league?

  • Sean

    When Arenas and Hinrich come off the books they are gonna have money to spend. Plus they will at least draw crowds and be semi-competitive until then. It`s a win-win.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Well it seems that Yi wasn’t fitting in with Lopez anyway, seems like one player’s success always came at the other’s expense, game to game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Wiz are building around Wall. Who knows, he may take them to the plaoffs next year.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Well maybe he does, rainman10!
    Co-sign Joel O’s… I’m not sure why they couldn’t co-exist. Lopez is going to be the best center in the East soon, at least offensively, and Yi wasn’t even crowding his paint. It’s a shame because they really could have developed into a nice twin towers duo.

  • Pookie

    anyone who is thrilled to have acquired Yi obviously has not had to endure watching him on their team for an entire season.
    Weakest hands in the league.
    Good luck..

  • ccantrell

    i would honestly much rather have favors or amare or bosh over yi anyday.. all 3 are much tougher more far more physical players and while yi is a work in progress and has potential.. these 3 (not so much with favor, but moreso with him than yi) have it ‘right now’.. they can come in and contribute greatly right away whereas yi will have a 20 point game here n there n maybe grab 9 or 10 boards or block 2 or 3 shots here and there.. he still would have been a solid bench role player tho but cant really argue with nj’s plans

  • vanillagorrila

    Man can you imagine the nets with dev harris at the point, joe j/courtney lee/t-will at the 2/3, favors at the 4 and lopez at the 5 with maybe David Lee starting at the 4(his natural position again but moving to the 5 with favors on the court.) That would be a post first round playoff team for years. Loads of potential plus vet experience in jj, dev and lee. I would actually start to follow the nets.

  • vanillagorrila

    Also, Yi is a great asset for what he brings to the table but He needs a solid ben wallace like 5 and good overall team defense to make up for his ineptitude and the wizards don’t even have a center. They will most likely be awful this year and snag another top pick. Maybe sully or harrison barnes but knowing the wiz they would most likely draft brandon knight and make up some dumb nelly excuse why having 4 8mil+ points is a good idea for the team.

  • vanillagorrila

    Heh pookie, I feel ya man. I loved Yi when he was healthy as a 10th man in my fantasy team so I drafted him in my 2nd team with negatives on turnovers, needless to say I was regretting that. Dude has got Kwame baby hands and moves like that lanky ginger in gym class that everybody laughed at.

  • Stickz

    Yi is not great, but we gave up a turkey sandwich for him. Plus, he can come off the books after a year if we want him to.

  • Kyle

    Yi isn’t great, and hasn’t developed like he was supposed to… but whether or not he’s 23 or 27, I can see him being a quality player if he gets to a team where he’s comfortable. By that, I mean he could average 14.5 ppg and 7.4 boards a game. Maybe actually hit some 3′s, and get a few blocks in the process.

  • http://www.hypebball.com Sam Raphael Chadwick

    This is an okay move, seem the Wizards want to take contracts that no-one else wants and what happend to Yi wanting to play in a big city isnt that why he left Milwaukee not saying D.C isnt big but compared to like Brooklyn and NY the makret aint as big.