Breaking News: Yi Jianlian Traded to Wizards

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The New Jersey Nets are at it again. Yesterday they waived Keyon Dooling’s non-guaranteed contract to save $3.2 million in 2010-11 and today they have agreed to move forward Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards in exchange for swingman Quinton Ross. The Nets will also reportedly send $3 million to the Wizards in the deal. Multiple sources have confirmed the move to HOOPSWORLD.

The Wizards have a trade exception they can use to make the deal happen today. Ross can be traded at any time with nothing in return because of his minimum salary status. The Traded Player Exception has to be at least equal to the size of Jianlian’s $3.2 million contract. The Wizards had three TPEs, one worth $4.6 million from the Drew Gooden trade with the L.A. Clippers in February.

This is big news for Wizards fans. I actually like this trade. Washington used one of its multiple trade exceptions, meaning this won’t dent its salary cap as much. Yi is still only 22 years old, and can shoot the ball pretty well. He’s a good compliment to Andray Blatche, although I’m not sure where he fits in now that the Wiz drafted Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin. I’d suspect another trade is on the way.

From a pure basketball standpoint, Washington obviously gets a much better deal. Quinton Ross was never in the long-term plans for D.C., and Yi is a young piece that can develop alongside John Wall.

Here’s Yi’s statline from last season:

GP: 52 PPG: 12 (Career high) 3P%: 37 RPG: 7.2 (Career high)

Welcome to D.C., Yi!

Apr. 07, 2010 - Milwaukee, WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES - epa02107865 New Jersey Nets

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