Sources: Lakers, Yi Jianlian in Serious Discussions

We independently review everything we recommend based on our strict editorial guidelines. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Learn More

The Los Angeles Lakers are in advanced discussions to bring China star Yi Jianlian back to the NBA, ESPN.com has learned.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Lakers tried in the summer of 2015 to sign Yi and have renewed those efforts in the wake of the former lottery pick’s fourth trip to the Summer Olympics as a cornerstone player for China.

Source: Marc Stein of ESPN