Post by Kenya Brown
September 21, 2013
Guangdong Southern Tigers forward, Yi Jianlian, has signed a two-year contract extension with the reigning Chinese Basketball Association champions, according to a statement by the team on Friday.
The new deal will put any plans the 26-year-old has on returning to the National Basketball Association on hold.
Coming off a 2012-2013 CBA season in which former sixth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft averaged 24.6 points and 10.5 rebounds en route to earning MVP honors in the regular season, the finals and the All-Star Game, it was predicted that he would have attempted to make a move back to the United States ahead of the 2013-2014 NBA season. Now, that has been put on hold as Yi looks to help the Southern Tigers become the most decorated team in the CBA’s history as they seek to win a record-breaking ninth title.
The Tigers currently hold eight CBA titles, which ties them with the Bayi Rockets.
There were no specifics of deal mentioned, but the team said there is no NBA opt-out clause.
The 6-11 center/forward had an up-and-down summer as the Chinese men’s national team failed to defend their title at the FIBA Asia Basketball Championship, finishing in fifth place. However, he guided the Guangdong provincial team to the gold medal at the recently concluded 12th China National Games in Liaoning Province.