Lakers sign former top 10 pick Yi Jianlian after strong showing in the Olympics
The Los Angeles Lakers added some depth to their front court Monday, signing former top 10 pick Yi Jianlian.
The deal is for one year at the veteran's minimum of $1.13 million but could end up being worth as much as $8 million if he reaches several bonuses, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Bucks drafted Yi with the No. 6 pick in 2007 as a 20-year-old out of China. Yi lasted just one season in Milwaukee before being dealt to New Jersey, where he spent two seasons. He averaged a career high in points (12.0) and rebounds (7.2) in 2009-10 with the Nets.
Yi last played in the NBA with the Mavericks during the 2011-12 season, appearing in a career-low 30 games. He has played in the Chinese Basketball Association since that final NBA season.
The 28-year-old forward was one of the bright spots for the winless Chinese national team at the Rio Games, averaging 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds.