Sources: Mavs, Yi Jianlian agree on deal

Updated: December 31, 2011, 10:47 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks are about to sign a player they've long coveted, reaching terms Saturday on a one-year contract with free-agent forward Yi Jianlian, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

The contract is likely to be finalized within the next 48 hours, sources said.

The 6-foot-10 power forward has spent the past four seasons in the NBA but was still available in free agency thanks in part to a knee injury Yi suffered during a brief stint playing for the Guangdong ...

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