Milwaukee Bucks Won’t Trade Yi Jianlian
The Bucks have little interest in facilitating Yi’s trade request … In fact, Milwaukee’s front office wants to meet with their Chinese prospect and convince him to report … Click here for news on this story …
Marty Burns reports on the Milwaukee Bucks keeping Yi:
Two years ago Bucks general manager Larry Harris got lucky in the NBA Draft when he landed the No. 1 pick despite having just a 6.3 percent chance after finishing with only the sixth-worst record.
This year he’s getting his karmic payback.
Harris thought he was doing a great thing for his team last week when he selected Chinese prospect Yi Jianlian with the No. 6 pick in the draft.
Yi is a considered a potential NBA star. The 6-foot-11 forward can score, rebound, pass and play facing the basket. Some have compared him to Dirk Nowitzki.
Unfortunately for Harris, what should have been a happy occasion in Milwaukee has turned into a nightmare.
Yi apparently doesn’t want to play in Brew Town. Or at least his handlers –including notoriously tough agent Dan Fegan – don’t want him there. They want Yi in a big market, one with a large Asian population.
"[We] won’t sit here and do nothing just because he was picked by Milwaukee," Zhao Gang, one of Yi’s representatives, told the official China Daily newspaper Tuesday. "We are considering Yi’s future at the Bucks and are looking at trade possibilities."
Harris has no plans to comply.
"We’re not trading him," Harris told SI.com. "We like him and we think this is a great opportunity for him. He’ll get a chance to play a lot of minutes right away for a good team. What more could [he] want?"
Harris hoped to make that case in person Thursday afternoon when he was to meet with Yi at the Las Vegas Summer League. Yi is scheduled to play with his Chinese national team, while the Bucks are also fielding a team there.
So far the Bucks haven’t heard from Yi at all. They have tried to reach out to him, but his handlers have declined the invitation. Not even a personal letter from Bucks owner Herb Kohl — who happens to be a U.S. senator — has been enough to persuade Yi.
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