Yi Jianlian wants to play in other team

Yi Jianlian wants to play in other team
03-07-2007 10:05

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl has written a letter to the team`s first-round draft pick, Yi Jianlian, requesting a meeting with the 7-foot power forward.


Yi did not meet with Bucks officials or have the traditional post-draft day news conference Friday. Instead he moved on from New York to Dallas, where he played with the Chinese national team against the U.S. Under-19 team Sunday night.
"Our basketball people, our general manager and coach, we`re all in the process of reaching out to try to establish a constructive dialogue with him and his family and his representatives."


Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said on draft night that his sons were asking when Yi "was coming over for dinner."

Krystkowiak said he would do whatever he could to make Yi feel more comfortable in Milwaukee.


Yi`s agents are seeking to force a trade by the Bucks and place him on another NBA team. They had hoped he would be drafted by a team in a city with a larger population of Asian-Americans.


"Our agent team had meetings to study this case immediately after the draft," Yi`s Chinese agent, Zhao Gang. "Yi`s selection at six has proved his capabilities and his value. However, we feel that the Bucks are not the best fit for Yi Jianlian. Our team will make contact with other teams who have watched Yi`s training and games to see if there is any possibility of a trade."


Bucks general manager Larry Harris has insisted he does not want to trade Yi. The forward could return to his team in the Chinese Basketball Association, the Guangdong Tigers, but the Bucks would retain his NBA rights.

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