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Is Jeremy Lin To The Warriors A Done Deal?

Is Jeremy Lin To The Warriors A Done Deal?

Jeremy Lin has been out of the league since 2019, but that cold streak appears to be coming to an end.

Lin last played in the NBA as a member of the championship-winning 2019 Toronto Raptors. Shortly after securing his first career title, the 32-year-old was unable to land another deal and ended up signing with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Back in late October, reports from China surfaced indicating that the Golden State Warriors might have some interest in adding Lin as a backup guard.

“The Golden State Warriors have expressed a clear interest in Jeremy Lin,” the translation roughly read. “The Warriors’ … [Stephen] Curry likes Jeremy Lin’s way of playing and clearly expressed his hope that he can join the Warriors. Although Jeremy Lin has not made a decision yet, this is obviously one of his top options.

“In addition to the Warriors, the Nets are also likely to be one of the teams that Jeremy could join in the future. Everyone knows that the owner of the Nets is Joe Tsai. He has always hoped that the team can have Chinese elements in it. More importantly, Joe Tsai and Jeremy Lin have very good personal relationships.”

This week, photos surfaced of Lin playing pick-up basketball with Stephen Curry, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, Marquese Chriss, and Alen Smailagic. Needless to say, that only bolstered the growing belief that the former Harvard star would end up in the Bay next season.

 

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If Lin did return to the Warriors, it would make for a notable homecoming. He previously played with Golden State after going undrafted heading into the 2010-11 season.

Lin ended up playing in 29 outings for the organization before going on to be a member of New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors.

While Lin did not do a ton on the Raptors, he was an solid contributor off the bench for the Hawks during his stint with the organization. He averaged 10.7 points per game while shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc.

In one season with the Ducks in China Lin averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists.

By all accounts, it seems like he still has what it takes to compete at the professional level. Now it’s just a matter of someone giving him a shot.

Will that opportunity ultimately come with the Warriors?

It is certainly beginning to look that way.

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.

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