Report: Lin to sign deal with Warriors' G League squad


Another day, another twist in the saga.

Following weeks of speculation and reports of nearly-finalized contracts, Jeremy Lin finally is joining the Warriors’ organization, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Thursday’s news is just the latest chapter in a months-long pursuit by the Warriors. The team initially was linked to Lin in October, but nothing serious appeared to materialize until December when the two sides reportedly got close to a deal. When Lin didn’t get clearance from FIBA, he stayed put in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Something obviously changed between now and then, and it looks like the international powers that be have OK’d this Bay Area reunion.

Lin grew up in Palo Alto before attending Harvard and making his NBA debut with the Warriors during the 2010-11 season. But he’ll always be remembered for the incredible Linsanity run he put together with the New York Knicks in 2012. 

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Lin has lived something of a journeyman’s life since then, staying in the NBA up until the 2018-19 season, winning a title with the Toronto Raptors against the Warriors. He spent the 2019-20 season in China and put up 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Beijing Ducks.

Now he gets to head to the G League bubble in Orlando, where he can put in work during the upcoming 2021 season. According to Jonthan Givony of ESPN, the G League is “a few weeks away” and expected to have a draft on Monday.

Lin faces an uphill battle to make a dent in the NBA rotation, barring injuries, given the amount of guards on Golden State’s roster. The Warriors are intrigued by second-round draft pick Nico Mannion, who signed a two-way contract this season that limits him to 50 of 72 NBA games. Mannion made his debut on Monday against the Kings, but those eight minutes in garbage time are the only he has seen the floor this year.

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Backup guard Damion Lee is off to a hot start with a 50-percent clip from 3-point land this season, while Mychal Mulder and Jordan Poole also have shown nice shooting touch in their limited minutes this season. 

Lin is 32 years old now, so he might not have the burst that made him so successful in the 2010s, but it’s always great to see a favorite son from the Bay Area come back to suit up for a local team.

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