August 22, 2016, 5:27 pm
The Lakers officially announced the signing of Yi Jianlian to a contract at the veteran’s minimum for $1.13 million, with incentives that could push the deal to $8 million.
The 6’11” forward was the sixth overall pick for the Bucks in 2007, and most recently played for the Mavs in 2011-2012. He stood out in the Rio Olympics where he put up 20 points and 6 boards a contest. Though talented he struggled to make an impact at the NBA level, averaging 22 minutes and 7.9 points per game, shooting only 40% from the field in five years. He enters a suddenly crowded power forward rotation for the Lakers where he will be the third string player behind a likely time share for Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle.