Wizards Trade Quinton Ross To New Jersey For Yi Jianlian

With the draft in the rear view mirror, the Wizards off-season of change continues. The Wizards have reportedly traded Quinton Ross for New Jersey Nets forward Yi Jianlian.

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Bullets Forever Reacts To The Trade For Yi Jianlian

The Wizards just traded for Yi Jianlian. Our very own Wizards community, Bullets Forever reacts:

Does the bump in talent make up for the extra $3 million the Wizards will be paying next season? I’m not so sure. For the $3 million in extra salary the Wizards took on to acquire him, the Wizards could have likely picked up a late first/early second round pick that would have given the team a younger, potentially better player. Thankfully, Jianlian’s contract doesn’t extend past 2010-11, unless the Wizards pick up his qualifying offer at the end of the season, which would seem unlikely at this point.

It’s not the worst trade in the world. The Wizards will be putting together a better product when the season starts because of this trade. Of course, you could say the same thing about the Kirk Hinrich trade, which is kind of the problem. Remember, it’s not about winning the trade, it’s about the larger vision. Does this trade bring the team closer to that vision? I don’t think it does.

So, Bullets Forever doesn’t appear to like the trade very much. But like it or not, Yi is officially a member of the Wizards. Hopefully Yi will be able to change that opinion of him once the season rolls around.

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Report: Yi Jianlian Trade To Wizards Done

We reported earlier that the Yi trade was on the verge of completion, now this from Adrian Wojnarowski:

The Nets have traded Yi Jianlian to the Wizards for Quinton Ross, a league source tells Y! Sports.

We're still waiting on official confirmation from the league, or either one of the teams, but this deal appears to be all but done.

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Report: Wizards On The Verge Of Acquiring Yi Jianlian From New Jersey

The Washington Wizards are reportedly "close" acquiring Yi Jianlian from the New Jersey Nets, according to Al Iannazzone, a Nets beat writer for the Record in Northern New Jersey.

The team is working on a deal with the Wizards that would send Yi and cash to Washington for a player who makes "significantly less" than what the Nets’ power forward earns. Three sources confirmed this is in the process of getting done.
 
The player is Quinton Ross, who earns $1.14 million. Yi is set to earn $4.05 million. The roughly $3 million savings the Nets will create will give them around $30 million available to spend on free agents.

This is the rare trade that might be hated by fans of both teams. Wizards fans will not like spending the extra money on a player who has been a disappointment thus far in his career, while Nets fans might think the team is getting .50 cents on the dollar for a prospect who may not have reached his peak as a player.

More on the potential trade as it becomes available.

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