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Report: Yi Jianlian asks to be waived by the Los Angeles Lakers

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It was reported last week that Metta World Peace may not get a spot on the L.A. Lakers' roster for the new season with the franchise interested in the idea of offering him a role on the coaching team.

Luke Walton was believed to prefer either Thomas Robinson or Yi Jianlian for the 15th and final spot on the roster, however, World Peace's prospects of playing - he is believed to prefer that option over coaching - have been boosted somewhat.

It has been reported by Marc Stein of ESPN that Chinese star Jianlian has asked to be waived by the organisation despite only agreeing to a deal off the back of the Olympics.

Former lottery pick Robinson may still sneak in ahead of Wold Peace but it offers a glimmer of hope for the 36-year-old.

Jianlian, also a former lottery pick, signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Lakers but only $250,000 of that was guaranteed with the remainder being incentive-based.

It is believed the base salary of a player with five years of NBA experience; $1,139,123, would have been guaranteed if he was still on the roster on January 10, 2017, with additional $2,286,959 if/when he played his 20th, 40th and 59th games of the season.

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However, with hardly any money guaranteed and a distinct lack of game time looking to be on the cards, it seems the Chinese forward will return to his homeland to be one of the stars of the CBA and earn much more money than he would've with the Lakers.

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