Jeremy Lin Close to Signing with CBA’s Beijing Ducks
NBA Champion Jeremy Lin has spent the summer in a self-described free agency nightmare.
The basketball world has been curious to see where Jeremy Lin will play next season since a July interview.
Speaking at an event in China, Jeremy Lin was seen to break down in tears on camera. At the time, he said he felt like the NBA had given up on him.
“Every year it gets harder,” he said.
Reports over the weekend suggested that Lin could sign with a Chinese Basketball Association team and forsake the NBA.
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Namely, the Beijing Ducks, whom Lin is said to be in advanced negotiations with. He has reportedly turned down offers from European teams, and is on record saying that China is his preference.
“About five years ago, I began to consider whether I should play basketball in Asia,” Lin said in July.
“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.”
The Beijing Ducks is the same team that former NBA star Stephon Marbury played for seven years. Marbury is now a coach in the CBA.
Lin is the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA. His brother, Joseph, plays with the Fubon Braves in the Taiwanese Super Basketball League.
The SBL is less competitive than the CBA, but the Braves are the reigning champions of their league.
While Lin still prefers the NBA, a North American redemption story seems out of his reach at this point. Last year, he shot 29.4% from three, which is well below his 34.2% career average. The most he could hope for in the NBA is to be a third choice guard.