Going After Yi?

I talked to a member of the Warriors organization. According to this person, ESPN.com’s report that the Warriors were in hot pursuit of Yi on draft night a year ago provoked “great laughter” throughout the office. Not that they don’t like Yi as a player, but they weren’t manuevering that day to get Yi.
Here’s what I was told:
No, they weren’t trying to get Yi when they traded Jason Richardson during last year’s draft.
No, they aren’t looking to trade Brandan Wright for Yi now either.
No, they aren’t looking to move Brandan Wright. Period.
It must be noted that Yi’s camp, according to league insiders, does not want him in Milwaukee and would love for him to land in the Bay Area, which would be a perfect fit because of its Asian population. It also must be noted that if the Warriors really are desperate for Yi, according to my first-hand expertience with them, they would probably say they ARE NOT trying to trade for him.
The reality is, you just never know what Chris Mullin’s thinking.

Marcus Thompson

  • AJ

    Keep Brandan Wright! Don’t trade him for Yi or some over the hill big man!

  • EJ


    would yi be a better fit to play next biedrins at the 4? it’s an interesting prospect. maybe instead of moving wright we could move harrington?

    it seems that any tinkering of the roster would depend first on what happens to baron. any updates on that situation?

  • E-Double


    The idea is food for thought on a slow day, but giveah Wrightah chance! If the Human Slim Jim can pack on some bulk, explosivity (yeah, it’s a word), and a midrange jumper, then why trade for Yi (and the endless hassles of dealing the Chinese government)?

    Would the Ws love to have an Asian player for the Asian fans in the Bay Area. Sure – that means dollars. But Yi ain’t the one.

    And Mully never cops to nothing. Nor would I if I were the GM.

  • Niners in 2009

    Thanks for kinda clearing this up for us Marcus! I was gonna ask you about this last week whether there was any truth to it, but I forgot.

    Speaking of Brandan Wright, I read he’s already been working out, has he gained any weight???

  • James

    If it were Yi for #14? I still think the Ws aren’t that interested …

  • Ewok

    If Brandan Wright and Marco Bellineli could hardly get the minutes they deserve, Could Yi prove to be any different if he was on our team? I don’t think he can run and gun although he is good in the zone.

    I dont think he would fit as a Warrior although I have no idea how flexible his game is.

    Yi is talented. But fitting into a system is still his problem and that makes him still a project. He has not yet made his mark defensively either.

    Joe Alexander will eat him for breakfast.

  • Blake H

    I hope that they at least try to make a move for him this summer. If the Warrior cannot land him, there is always Charlie Villanueva, and we all know the Bucks are really looking to trade him.

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