The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Yi Jianlian.
Yi was signed to a standard rookie scale contract, on Wednesday, August 29 in
“Kohl, Bucks general manager Larry Harris and team vice president Ron Walter met with Yi, Chinese Basketball Association officials and Guangdong Tigers owner Chen Haitao on Wednesday in
The commitment on the Bucks end to get Yi to
"We all anticipate Yi's arrival and welcome him and his family to
," Kohl said. "We look forward to a successful relationship for many years to come." Milwaukee
It’s a winning situation for the Bucks and the NBA that this matter didn’t turn out to be a Steve Francis-situation when he forced his way out of
Furthermore, Yi alleviated a tremendous amount of pressure for himself. As the second most hyped Chinese basketball player ever and sixth overall pick in the draft, he is already entering the NBA with huge expectations. Forcing a trade to a big-market team and defying the NBA system would have created a very difficult situation.
Bucks management must be lauded for their coolness in handling the Yi situation. In the new, globalized NBA, effective front office communication with players and clubs is more critical than ever. Thankfully, Kohl, Harris, and company delivered in strong form.