Sealing the deal: Yi assured rotation role with Bucks

Originally Published: September 4, 2007
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

Now that Yi Jianlian has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, there is no doubt he will play for them -- a lot. Owner Herb Kohl apparently has guaranteed it.

Kohl publicly downplayed his role in last week's signing of Yi, the Chinese star Milwaukee selected No. 6 in June's draft against Yi's wishes, but only personal guarantees by Kohl on how Yi will be handled ended the stalemate, a source intimately familiar with the negotiations said.

Those guarantees, according to the source, ...

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