Heading into this weekend it was thought to be a foregone conclusion that the Golden State Warriors would add Jeremy Lin to their roster. Unfortunately, one big mistake led to the entire deal falling apart.
When the Warriors and Lin initially reached a tentative agreement, the organization assumed that it would be able to get his Letter of Clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association in relatively speedy fashion.
Had that occurred, Lin would have been able to sign an Exhibit 10 contract with Golden State, the organization that gave him his first NBA deal when he went undrafted in 2010.
Sadly, Lin couldn’t get the clearance before the 11 p.m. ET deadline, prompting the Warriors to sign guard Eli Pemberton and waive him shortly afterward.
Pemberton will subsequently be sent to the G League Santa Cruz Warriors since the organization still owns his rights.
Lin has desperately been trying to make his way back to the NBA for more than a year now. After winning a championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, he was unable to secure another deal in the league and signed with the Beijing Ducks of the CBA.
Despite reportedly making $3 million a year in China, more than he earned with the Raptors, Lin has repeatedly stated that his goal is returning to the NBA.
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Although Lin did not do much of note for the Raptors, he was a solid piece off the bench for the Atlanta Hawks during his run there. He ended up averaging 10.7 points per game while shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Lin is best known for his play during the ‘Linsanity’ portion of his Knicks tenure, but he has been a decent pro for many years. For his career, the 32-year-old boasts averages of 11.6 points and 4.3 assists per outing.
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Over the course of his professional career Lin has played for the Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Hawks and Raptors.
Will he get another shot in the NBA before he hangs it up for good?
Time will tell.