Chinese star Yi Jianlian closing in on NBA comeback with LA Lakers, says report
Yi Jianlian averaged 20.4 points for China in the Rio Olympics, attracting interest from the LA Lakers. AP

YI Jianlian is reportedly close to making an NBA comeback four years after the Chinese forward and former lottery pick last played in the world's premier basketball league.

According to a report by ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers are in 'advanced discussions' to sign Yi after their initial talks during last year’s free agency failed to push through.

The Lakers have renewed interest in Yi after the Chinese big man's impressive fourth trip to the Olympics, where he averaged 20.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in Rio de Janeiro.

The deal is not yet secure, but league sources told Stein that the Lakers hope to add Yi in time for training camp next month.

Yi was selected sixth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2007 but had a journeyman five-year career in the league with stints in New Jersey, Washington, and Dallas, averaging just 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 22 minutes per game.

The 28-year-old forward spent his last four years playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. 

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