Beijing Ducks Rumors
A few hours ago 15 CBA teams out of 20 released a joint statement saying that they are in favor of returning to the home/away format and playin the season without foreigners. Five clubs, Beijing Ducks/Qingdao/Guangzhou/Fujian/Ningbo (a new teams) want to have foreign players. If the season will have foreigners, it is likely that will be played in one or more bubbles to avoid the spread of covid.19
Jeremy Lin: No regrets about the past, excited for the future. Still got a lot of basketball left in me and we’ll see where this road goes. Beijing Ducks, excited to be back! Thank you all for going on this journey with me #NeverDone
Jeremy Lin took to Twitter on Tuesday night and hinted at retirement while reminiscing on the past year playing both in China and the G League. Lin appeared in nine games for the Santa Cruz Warriors this year, following his decision to leave the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association and try to make it back into the NBA.
He was close to returning to the CBA in China, where he played for the Beijing Ducks last season, before ultimately choosing the G League in his pursuit to rejoin the NBA. “I think it became really clear after free agency passed and I wasn’t able to get a contract, there was no way I was gonna get a contract basically unless I go and show it,’’ Lin told Stadium. “I played last year in the CBA [in China] and had a good year and have been healthy two straight seasons, but there are still so many questions about my body and my health from league executives. For me, I had to go and play in the G League.”
And he knows it’s going to be difficult for him to overcome that perception. “It’s gonna take everything I have,’’ Lin said. “Because at the end of the day…what I was blessed to have last season [in China] and the offers I had this year, people think I’m crazy for not going back to the CBA.”
The Warriors’ plans to bring Jeremy Lin onto their G League team fell apart Saturday night, when Golden State was unable to receive his Letter of Clearance from FIBA by the deadline. Lin, who played with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks last season, had arranged to be signed and waived by the Warriors so that he could land with their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz. But when that wasn’t possible, Golden State changed course, signing and waiving Elijah Pemberton so it could acquire his G League rights.
While Jeremy Lin awaits a free agency offer from an NBA team, the Beijing Ducks are working to bring him back to China. Chinese Basketball Association reporter Jia Lei posted an update to that effect on his Weibo account on Wednesday morning. “Beijing Shougang is actively pursuing Jeremy Lin, trying to persuade Jeremy Lin to give up the NBA, return to the CBA, and join Beijing,” Jia wrote.