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Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  8 responses

Yi Jianlian Signed a Lockout Deal in China


Yi Jianlian is headed back home to China for the remainder of this NBA lockout. Reports the WaPo: Until the NBA and its players’ union can come to a resolution on a new collective bargaining agreement, Yi Jianlian is returning to the place where his professional basketball career started. Jarinn Akana, one of Yi’s representatives, confirmed that his client has signed a contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association which will have an NBA out for whenever the labor dispute is settled. ‘Although he may not stay with us very long, I am quite sure his return is good for himself, the team and Chinese fans as well,’ Guangdong Hongyuan’s team manager Liu Hongjiang told the Chinese news agency, Xinhua. ‘He could keep his edge in CBA, our team will also benefit from his skills and fans certainly want to see him play at his best years.’ The CBA was allowed to sign only free agent NBA players, and Yi is an unrestricted free agent after the Wizards declined to extend his $5.4 million qualifying offer for next season. Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin have all signed to play in China since the league decided to lock out its players on July 1, but the CBA does not allow foreign players to leave until the conclusion of the season.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    THATS PRETTY BOOTLEG HOW THEY WONT LET THE NUGGS LEAVE, BUT EAZY CAN BOUNCE.

  • Leoni

    That’s because he is an unrestricted free agent

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    LEONI HASNT BEEN PAYING ATTN, AND DIDNT READ THE LAST SENTENCE OF THE POST. ANY FOREIGN PLAYER, REGARDLESS OF FA STATUS IN THE NBA, CANT LEAVE CHINA EARLY.

  • Will Lee

    rule is rule, what u mean why

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Yi is pretty irrelevant.

  • LA Huey

    Bigger blow to the NBA than losing Yao, for sure.

  • RaZkOL

    Oh No….wait…who is he again?!

  • JJ

    Yi to China! How is he going to adjust. More importantly, how will the NBA survive the gaping hole that Yi’s absence will surely leave. What did we do to deserve this!!!!

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