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2 months ago via SCMP

Jeremy Lin still uncertain about his future

NBA free agent Jeremy Lin’s next career step remains uncertain the 32-year-old told Chinese fans today in a live stream. Lin was speaking on Douyin, the Chinese-language version of TikTok, where he dealt with where he will play next season. “Thank you everyone for supporting us. Don’t worry, as soon as I have any news I will definitely tell you,” he said. “But now there is no news that I can truly share with you.”

Jeremy Lin scrimmages with Warriors including Stephen Curry

Rising star NBA photographer Jordan Jimenez (@__jsquared on Instagram) released pictures of a scrimmage involving Stephen Curry and other Warriors players including Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, Marquese Chriss, Ky Bowman, and Juan Toscano-Anderson this morning. The post also includes Jeremy Lin in a solo shot and, for good measure, a source confirms to me that Lin was, indeed, at the pickup run last week which was held in San Francisco — it’s actually quite easy to figure out which gym.

Lin said that he was made offers from teams in Russia, Israel and the Euro League, which he was advised to consider. “My agent said if you really want to return to the NBA the best way is with these very good Euro League teams,” he said. But that was not the path he chose. “We’ve known that it probably wouldn’t be Europe, even if Europe gives us a better chance to go back to the NBA. I think he knows that,” Sun explained. “China is the best next step,” she said.
1 year ago via SCMP

The 31-year-old mentioned the NBA several times in his opening remarks and outlined how he sees a stint in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) as a route back to his beloved NBA. “I dreamed of playing in the NBA since I was a child,” said the former Toronto Raptor. “Although there is no NBA contract this year, I had invitations from many other leagues, and though my agent told me the fastest route back to the NBA was to play in Europe, I told myself years ago that I would definitely play in the CBA.”


The Ducks have made substantial progress in negotiations with Lin’s representatives, but the two sides are not yet ready to finalize a deal, according to a Sunday report in Beijing Youth Daily. In response to speculation on online streaming platform China Sports zhibo.tv, the agency representing Lin said he hasn’t agreed to terms with any team. Though he was born in the US, Lin has family ties to China and is very popular with Chinese fans. During a visit to Shanghai last month he said that playing in the CBA would rate second only to a return to the NBA in terms of career fulfillment.
2 years ago via SCMP

Chinese Basketball Association teams have been in touch with Jeremy Lin to offer the NBA free agent a contract, according to reports in mainland media. Basketball reporter Jia Lei, who has almost 1.4 million followers on his Sina Weibo, wrote on Sina Sports that several teams have contacted the player’s people to express an interest in bringing him to China. While negotiations are ongoing no specific details can be revealed, Jia wrote, though he confirmed Lin is giving them serious consideration.

When asked about those who think he has no right to be upset given the success he’s had for a time in his nine-year NBA career, Lin replied that the message he had shared was from the heart. “I think showing weakness is one of the greatest signs of strength,” Lin told the audience Friday. “Ironically, to be able to be OK with your weakness is one of the strongest things you could do. Who doesn’t have weaknesses? We all do. But to show them is one of the strongest things you can do.

Why hasn’t Jeremy Lin been signed? Maybe he’s just a backup now, but he has been a productive starting point guard for much of his career. — Robert Chen (Taipei) STEIN: Lin, remember, earned only 27 minutes of playing time during Toronto’s entire playoff run — and just one minute during the N.B.A. finals. Those were strong hints Lin would struggle in free agency after the Raptors acquired him in February shortly after trading for Marc Gasol. The reality is that Lin’s movement, at nearly 31, isn’t what it once was. Teams are unsure if he still has the mobility to play such a demanding position.

“I’ve given more of myself to God every single year and every year it gets harder. In English, there’s a saying, and it says, ‘once you’ve hit rock bottom, the only way is up,'” Lin said at an event in Taiwan. “Rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So free agency has been tough, because I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me. I always knew that if I gave anyone a reason to doubt, they would.”

“About five years ago, I began to consider whether I should play basketball in Asia because every year when I visit the region, I see so many fans, and they make me want to play a few seasons in the region,” Lin told reporters in Taipei. He said that because of the time difference, basketball fans in Asia have to get up early to watch NBA games, which is unfortunate. If the opportunity arises, as long as he is fit, Lin said, he would like play in the region. “I would consider it,” Lin said. “And of course, my greatest dream is to play on the same team with my younger brother.”

The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Jeremy Lin to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. “We are excited to welcome Jeremy to Brooklyn,” said Nets’ General Manager Sean Marks. “He is a high character and competitive individual who will fit our culture moving forward, as well as the style of play that Kenny will be implementing. Jeremy is a proven veteran point guard with strong leadership qualities, who is an obvious fit in this system and city.”

During the World Economic Forum interview, Lin was asked if he’d consider a return to the Knicks, who will have at least $30 million to spend in free agency. “It’s not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick Rose,” Lin said. “But I will say that ever since I left, I’ve always been open to going back and I still am. Never say never, that’s the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure if it’s the best timing. But if it happens, it happens.”

During the World Economic Forum interview, Lin was asked if he’d consider a return to the Knicks, who will have at least $30 million to spend in free agency. “It’s not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick rose,” Lin said. “But I will say that ever since I left, I’ve always been open to going back and I still am. Never say never, that’s the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I’ve always been open but right now, I’m not sure if it’s the best timing. But if it happens it happens.”

Facing a Wednesday deadline, Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin declined to opt in on a $2.2 million player option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, league sources say. Lin, who turns 28 in August, averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3 assists over 26.3 minutes per game in his only season with the Hornets. He signed a two-year, $4.3 million contract with Charlotte last July, but the contract contained an early termination option that Lin triggered to explore free agency.
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