Sunday, January 1st, 2012 at 10:42 am  |  12 responses

Report: Yi Jianlian to Become a Mav

ESPN is reporting that Yi Jianlian will suit up for the Mavericks once he’s recovered from a knee injury recently suffered in China: “The Dallas Mavericks are about to sign a player they’ve long coveted, reaching terms Saturday on a one-year contract with free-agent forward Yi Jianlian, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. The contract is likely to be finalized within the next 48 hours, sources said.”

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  • zero

    They really need big man.. without chandler their interior defense is suffering

  • Jono

    Yi isn’t really Tyson Chandler though. Then again Yi is a poor mans Dirk and he could def pick-up a few tips from the Diggler himself.

  • Josh

    Fantastic pick up, Yi can shoot, hes the go to guy in China, they can run him at the 4, Vince at the 3, Dirk can play as a 5 but do whatever he wants.. be nice if he wanted to rebound.

  • JEr dawg

    Mavericks going to absolutely suck this year on defensive end, thus resulting in a lottery-type year. They’ve lost too much mental toughness. Butler, Stevenson, and Chandler. They the assholes you need to have a balanced and highly skilled team. They got less toughness in return. Carter, Odom, and now Yi. I don’t have a problem
    With mavericks. They beat the Lakers fair and square. I’m a Lakers supporter, too. I have no problem losing to better team. Honestly, the Mavericks took two steps back replacing 3 tough minded, defensive scrappers that can play hoops with 3 other weak-minded, defensively, challenged (Odom is okay, though), highly skilled players. They just need live 7footers that can at least be active, I guess. Yi is a lottery bust going from team to team. Too big and too skilled, but soft.

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

    Eazy yi can learn a lot from dirk

  • sho

    total bust. remimds me of poor wang zhi zhi

  • T-Money

    i dont understand when he is going to play with dirk odom haywood mahinmi and sean williams getting minutes.

  • http://knicks.com Gametimeweezy

    Mark Cuban loves a team that looks like the united nations lol… remember Wang Zhi Zhi

  • riggs

    wang zhi zhi

  • Mariano

    He should’ve gone to SA

  • No Yi

    He is really bad. Had to watch him NJ. Always seems lost and is a wimp under the boards.