Saturday, December 31, 2011

Mavericks, Yi agree on one-year deal


source: Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent forward Yi Jianlian, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

The deal is likely to be finalized within the next 48 hours, sources said.

After looking mostly at centers to fortify their frontcourt rotation in the wake of Tyson Chandler's free-agent departure -- including advanced negotiations with former Utah Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko -- Dallas is using its 15th roster spot to sign Yi, who is a free agent after playing for the Washington Wizards last season.


With Yi needing a game or two of live action to get re-acquainted with full-speed basketball after a teammate fell on his knee in a Chinese Basketball Association league game, sources said Yi will join the Mavericks' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco on a rehabilitation stint with the Texas Legends before joining the Mavericks.

Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.