Yi Jianlian is coming off a summer in which he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds during the World Championships. He also had a very productive preseason in which he out played the Washington Wizards current starting power forward, Andray Blatche.
In no way shape or form is the 23-year-old Yi a player that deserves to be in a reserve position. With his talents, he’s one of the 20 most versatile front court players in all the NBA.
At 7’0” and 250lbs, Jianlian is capable playing the five, four and three positions. His size and versatility would serve the Toronto Raptors better than any player currently on their roster.
Pairing him with the Raptors best player, Andrea Bargnani, would give the team one of the longest and most offensively and defensively versatile front court tandems in all the NBA.
Jianlian is currently making $4,050,500.00 this season. All the Raptors would have to do is offer up Reggie Evans and his $5 million dollar expiring contract.
With both players contracts scheduled to come off the books at the end of this season, it’s a winning situation for both teams. The Wizards wouldn’t have to cut Blatche’s minutes to accommodate Jianlian and the Raptors would get a proven starter at the position they are lacking in most.
It's a move that could make them better on both ends of the floor potentially.