China's top basketball official to try to end Yi-Bucks stalemate

BEIJING -- China's top basketball
official will travel to the United States to try and end the standoff
between the Milwaukee Bucks and their top draft pick Yi
Jianliang, state media reported on Tuesday.

The seven-foot power forward is reported to have snubbed a
move to Milwaukee despite being the overall sixth choice in
June's draft and faces a year away from the NBA if he
cannot resolve the dispute or secure a trade.

Yi is currently playing for China in the Stankovic Cup in
his home province of Guangdong but an expected visit by Bucks'
officials to discuss the stalemate has not materialized, the
China Daily reported.

"I will go to the United States in the coming days to help
Yi solve the problem," China Basketball Association (CBA) chief
Li Yuanwei was quoted as saying.

"I will have a talk with Yi at the Stankovic Cup to see
what he thinks.

"The Bucks side didn't send their officials to China this
time as they promised, so I will take some time to get this

Yi, listed as 19 despite many in China believing him to be
up to four years older, has not signed a contract with the
Bucks and his agent Dan Fegan has been seeking a trade over the
last month.