Lak­ers waive Yi Jian­lian be­fore sea­son opener

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The Los An­ge­les Lak­ers have waived Yi Jian­lian at the Chi­nese for­ward's re­quest. The Lak­ers also waived for­ward An­thony Brown and ap­par­ently kept Metta World Peace on their open­ing night ros­ter.

EL SEGUNDO >> The Los An­ge­les Lak­ers have waived Yi Jian­lian at the Chi­nese for­ward’s re­quest.

The Lak­ers also waived for­ward An­thony Brown on Mon­day and ap­par­ently kept Metta World Peace on their open­ing night ros­ter.

Yi re­turned to the NBA last month af­ter a four-year ab­sence in an at­tempt to win a job with the Lak­ers. The 7-footer was the sixth over­all pick in the 2007 draft.

Yi av­er­aged 3.0 points and 2.5 re­bounds dur­ing the pre­sea­son. But Lak­ers general man­ager Mitch Kupchak said Yi ap­par­ently didn’t think he would have a prom­i­nent role with the team.

The Lak­ers also re­leased Brown, their sec­ond-round pick out of Stan­ford last year.

The sur­pris­ing moves mean World Peace and jour­ney­man Thomas Robin­son likely have made the open­ing ros­ter.

The Lak­ers host Hous­ton on Wed­nes­day.

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