September 18, 2016, 8:43 pm
According to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes, Yi Jianlian is not worried about re-adjusting to the NBA since leaving in 2012.
“I think I’ll have no problem with that,” Yi said. “I can do it.” The former No.6 overall pick in the 2007 draft joined the Lakers on a one-year contract worth $8 million. He played well for China in in the Rio Olympics, averaging 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. However, there is a lot of unknown regarding Yi’s position and role on the Lakers. He’ll likely get minutes between the power forward and center spot, which will affect the playing time of Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr., Timofey Mozgov and Ivica Zubac. Yi should remain undrafted in most fantasy leagues unless the crowded frontcourt of the Lakers is affected by trades or injuries.