DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent forward Yi Jianlian. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Yi (7-0, 250) was a first round draft pick, 6th overall, in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. The 24-year old has played for three teams (Milwaukee, New Jersey and Washington) in his four-year career. He holds career averages of 8.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 24.1 minutes in 242 career games with 163 starts.
In June of 2008, Yi, along with Bobby Simmons, was traded to New Jersey in exchange for Richard Jefferson. Two years later Yi was traded to Washington where he played out the remainder of his contract and became a free agent.
A native of Shenzhen, China, Yi was a member of the Chinese National Olympic Team that competed in both the 2004 Athens games and 2008 Beijing games.
He is expected to begin his stint with the Mavericks on the team’s D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends in Frisco. Playing in the D-League will reunite him with coach Del Harris, who coached China to an eight-place finish at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.