Yi Jianlian requests to be waived

Yi Jianlian requests to be waived

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After much speculation and much outcry among Laker fans it was reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein that Yi Jianlian has asked to be released.

After a somewhat surprising preseason from Tarik Black it seems that Yi’s position on the team was no longer going to be the backup center. He was going to be the 15th man.

It seems that Yi may have had the idea that the Lakers were going to use his contract, rather than his services. It was clear that of the 3 remaining players to be cut (Yi Jianlian, Thomas Robinson, and Metta World Peace) Robinson’s play clearly out shined the others. Though it was never assumed that Yi would be cut because his contract was very team friendly. His contract alone was a very good tradable asset.

The final two

With only one remaining Roster spot the two players left are Metta World and Thomas Robinson. Robinson clearly outplayed Metta World Peace and Yi even more so. It will likely be announced on Monday, though common wisdom would say that Robinson will be the final player. Other options will be to waive both Robinson and Metta. This will leave a spot open for a player waived by another team.

After the last game against Phoenix I am a bit torn. Part of me says Robinson clearly needs to be on this team. Another part of me would like him to go elsewhere where he can get the playing time he legitimately deserves. Then again the evil side of me would love to see the Lakers waive Robinson and keep Metta, just to see the wave of madness that decision would cause in the Laker Blogger world. As Stein states above the final announcement will be made on Monday. Till then we can all rejoice that the longest developing shot in the NBA is no more.

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