HoopsHype Yi Jianlian rumors


May 19, 2015 Updates

Mudiay, who can speak French, understands how to adjust to new cultures. He went from being born in the Congo to living in the states for high school and then heading to China to play professionally. Even though he sprained his ankle there and missed most of the season—he's been healed for a few months—he stuck out his contract and put in the rehab and shooting work. "One of my clients is Yi Jianlian, and he played with Emmanuel in China," Joe Abunassar said. "The first thing he said to me about Emmanuel was, 'He's a good kid and a hard worker and a really good player.'" Bleacher Report

April 2, 2015 Updates

But new Wizards guard Will Bynum, who signed a 10-day contract with Washington last Friday, was the 27-year-old Yi’s teammate in China on the Guangdong Southern Tigers for three months earlier this year and emphasized Yi is capable of an NBA comeback. “Yi’s [expletive] good,” Bynum said after Wizards practice Thursday. “I played against him when he was here too, when he was in Milwaukee and Jersey. He got a whole lot better. He’s physical now. He always could shoot the basketball. He’s rolling. Yi’s tough, man. He’s a matchup nightmare over there.” Washington Post

“He said he would but it has to be the right situation with the right point guard where they believe in him,” Bynum said. “But Yi can definitely be a force over here.” Washington Post

March 9, 2014 Updates

The Chinese Basketball Association season is currently in its playoff semifinals, meaning a slew of former NBA players could be available as free agents in the coming weeks. There has been interest in former Celtic Lester Hudson, who scored 40 points in Xinjiang’s victory over Dongguan. Former Sacramento King Bobby Brown tallied 45 points in that game. Other ex-NBAers in China are Shelden Williams, Delonte West, James Singleton, Donte Green, Yi Jianlian, Dominique Jones, and Hamed Haddadi. Boston Globe

September 14, 2013 Updates

Lang Greene: Yi Jianlian has signed a two-year deal w/ Guangdong Hongyuan. According to the team, Yi's contract doesn't contain NBA opt out clause Twitter @LangGreene

July 3, 2013 Updates

First, let’s do a roll call shall we? The following were present at the game, either participating in the game or watching from the sidelines: Yao Ming, Tracy Mcgrady, Joakim Noah, Metta World Peace, Luis Scola, George Hill, Kyle Lowry, Ricky Rubio, Chris Singleton, John Wall, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday, Chinese players Yi Jianlian, Wang Zhelin, Sun Yue, Liu Wei, Wang Zhi Zhi and super-famous Brazil and Real Madrid soccer/futbol player Kaka. Yes, that Kaka. (Bonus: Here’s a hilarious picture of Kaka with Yao and Wang Zhi Zhi from last night.) SLAM

July 2, 2013 Updates
April 9, 2013 Updates

Yi Jianlian is a champion again, yet he can’t get a sniff from the NBA – even after dominating throughout the season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, who won the CBA championship by sweeping all three playoff rounds. Could Yi, who can now safely be called an NBA washout, be a replacement piece that could help one of several injury- riddled NBA teams in the playoffs? The answer that Yi’s camp has been getting is a consistent ‘No.’ SheridanHoops

March 7, 2013 Updates
February 24, 2013 Updates

Former NBA star Yi Jianlian grabbed MVP award to lead the South edge the North 120-117 in the All-Star game on Sunday. "I should attribute the award to my teammates, who kept passing me the ball so I could get so many wide open shots opportunities," Yi said. CRI.cn

October 31, 2012 Updates

In an interview with posted this afternoon by Sina Sports, Arenas was quoted saying he is preparing to come to China to play with Guangdong. The piece also states that he is willing to undergo a try-out with the team, although Arenas is not quoted as saying such during the actual interview. Earlier today, on Gilbert Arenas’ recently opened Sina Weibo account, the former All-Star wrote: “Packed and ready to go to China! Can’t wait to meet my coaches and teammates and reunite with my buddy Yi for a Championship run.” This afternoon, he directed a Weibo at Yi Jianlian, saying: “Hey buddy, I’m coming!” NiuBBall.com

Gilbert Arenas: Packed and ready to go to China! Can't wait to meet my coaches and teammates and reunite with my buddy Yi for a Championship run. Weibo

September 25, 2012 Updates

The seven-time CBA titlist crashed out of last season's playoffs in the opening round against eventual champion the Beijing Ducks. The team has now vowed to recapture the crown with Yi's return. "It is a great help for us at this time. It has refueled the team while boosting our confidence to regain the championship," said veteran forward Zhu Fangyu. Li Yuanwei, a former CBA chief, was upbeat about Yi's return as well. "It's good news both for him and the league. He needs enough minutes to maintain his form and the CBA needs local idols to keep moving forward," he said. China Daily

September 24, 2012 Updates

After opening last season in the Chinese Basketball Association with his home club, the Guangdong Southern Tigers, during the NBA lockout, the backbone of the Chinese national team, Yi Jianlian, will return to play in the domestic league again for the entire 2012-2013 season. "Playing basketball is always the most important thing for me — anywhere on any stage," Yi said on his micro-blog after flying to Beijing from New York on Saturday. "It's been part of my life. I am really looking forward to the new season at home," he said. Guangdong’s General Manager Liu Hongjiang confirmed Yi's return to the club on its official website on Sunday, stressing it’s a whole-season commitment without an opt-out clause this time. "We talked about the possibility to return in May and he almost accepted our offer at that time," Liu said. China Daily

China's basketball star Yi Jianlian has signed a one-year contract with Guangdong Hongyuan of the China Basketball Association (CBA) for the coming season, Sina.com.cn reports. Back from the United States over the weekend, Yi told reporters that he would put on Hongyuan's Jersey for the coming season to help his team win an 8th CBA Championship. Liu Hongjiang, the general manager of Guangdong Hongyuan, said Yi will not be in the "always ready" position like last season. Yi will play the entire season this time, and if possible, he may participate in the 2013 National Games held in Liaoning for Guangdong Province. CRI.cn

September 23, 2012 Updates

According to Yi's agent team member Lu Yu, Yi Jianlian will play for Guangdong Tigers during 2012-13 season. Yi left New York for Beijing today, and he might be back in Guangdong tomorrow. NetEase

Yi Jianlian signed a one-year contract with the Tigers, but may consider going back to the NBA again if there's a good opportunity. Right now, he thinks consistent playing time is vital for him. When asked why he would not play in Europe, Yi said the CBA is closing the gap with the top European leagues. Yi also said there's no regrets for the last five years in NBA, he has tried his best. Weibo

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