Yi Jianlian Waived by Lakers: Latest Comments and Reaction

October 24th, 2016 by Timothy Rapp Leave a reply »

Los Angeles Lakers forward Yi Jianlian has been waived by the team on Monday after he asked for his release.

"Yi was productive in practices and games with us, and was a consummate professional both on and off the court," general manager Mitch Kupchak said in the team release. "However, he felt that the minutes and opportunities he'd be afforded here were not in line with his goals and ambitions, and that he'd be better off in a different situation. We appreciate his efforts and wish him great success as he goes forward with his career."

Marc Stein of ESPN was first to report Yi's request.

Per Stein: "Sources told ESPN that, with the Lakers facing roster cut-down decisions by 5 p.m. ET Monday, Yi and his representatives requested that the Lakers let him go to pursue other opportunities, largely because the role he envisioned in L.A. didn't materialize."

The Lakers granted Yi's request just months after signing the Chinese star to a one-year, $8 million deal that included $6.8 million in potential bonuses. Yi last appeared in the NBA in the 2011-12 season for the Dallas Mavericks, but after a stro ...

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