Through the last three years, Yi Jianlian has saved his best for the international stage. It’s thus no wonder why, according to reports, Yi is receiving offers from high-profile teams in Europe.
According to a report out of PlanetACB.com in Spain, Real Madrid is seriously interested in signing the seven-foot center for the upcoming ACB season. The site also names Greek outfit Panathinaikos as another team who sees Yi as a fit. Wendell Maxey over at Crossover Chronicles has a report in English.
PlanetACB goes on to write that Yi’s decision to sign in Europe this season will depend on whether he can get a deal in the NBA, which is his preferred destination. However, coming off the heels of two lackluster seasons where he’s battled injures and inconsistent play, the common belief is that there is likely no market for the 2007 lottery pick’s services this season.
Yi played 30 games for Dallas last year, averaging 6.8 minutes and 2.6 points.
If the Guangdong native were to make it out to Spain, it would be another big coup for Real Madrid, who made a big splash earlier in the off-season by acquiring former player, Rudy Fernandez, who had spent the last four years in the NBA with Portland and Denver.
Last season, Real Madrid lost in the ACB finals to Barcelona. They did, however, manage to win the Copa del Rey.