The team announced that the veteran guard will join them this season and that they’re currently in the process of working with the Chinese Basketball Association to get his registration paperwork approved.
Jeremy Lin recently won an NBA championship with the Raptors and he is most remembered for his high-scoring performances with the Knicks in early 2012, which originated the global sensation known as “Linsanity.”
Lin felt that his future in the league is up in the air. This is what he said during a TV appearance in Taiwan while touring Asia last month:
“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. “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 has kind of given up on me. I always knew that if I gave anyone a reason to doubt, they would.”
The nine-year NBA veteran averaged 9.6 points in 19.4 minutes over 74 games (four starts) with the Hawks and Raptors last season but once he was traded to Toronto his shooting percentages went from 46.6 percent overall to 37.4 percent and from 33.3 percent from 3-point range to just 20.0 percent.
He averaged 14.5 points per game for the Nets in the 2016-17 season and he scored 18 points in his only appearance in the following campaign before a knee injury forced him to miss the entire year.
If Lin puts himself back together and prepares physically and mentally, he can thrive with the Beijing Ducks, a CBA powerhouse in recent years. The team won three league titles while led by former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, who is now the head coach for the Beijing Royal Fighters.