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Adrian Wojnarowski: Panathinaikos and others in Europe with serious interest in Yi Jianlian, but his focus remains to play in the NBA, sources tell Y! Twitter

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China reached the quarter-finals on home soil with Yao in Beijing four years ago and came through a tricky transition to regain the Asia championship title in Wuhan last September and qualify for London. “We are going to have a surprise for everybody,” Yi told Reuters before his Dallas Mavericks team lost to the New York Knicks 104-97 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. “You’ll see.” Leader-Post

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When I asked Yao about the challenges facing the N.B.A. in China, he smiled and teasingly asked, “Besides losing me?” He quickly emphasized that his retirement wasn’t a “big deal,” because other N.B.A. superstars like Bryant and James are enormously popular in China. Still, he agreed that finding another Chinese star would help. “Of course, that would be the best,” he said. The N.B.A. once hoped it had found a successor in Yi Jianlian, but Yi has never risen above mediocrity, and the most promising young players currently in the Chinese league are not ready. The C.B.A. has still not found a formula to produce world-class players. New York Times

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Two dominating performances with the Texas Legends were enough to convince the Mavericks that Yi Jianlian is ready for his NBA return. The 7-footer was called up and met the Mavericks in Michigan, where he is expected to be in uniform Tuesday when they play the Detroit Pistons. "He's really a good athlete, he has good hands and he's just a nice, versatile big man for us," said president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, who saw Yi's two games with the Legends, the team Nelson co-owns. Dallas Morning News

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Yi Jianlian is officially a member of the Dallas Mavericks. The team announced Friday that they have signed the free agent forward, and the deal is reportedly for one year. The 7-0, 250-pounder, whose name is pronounced EE jee-ENN-lee-ENN, was the sixth overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. He is entering his fifth NBA season after playing for the Bucks, Nets and Wizards. Dallas Morning News

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