Jeremy Lin says he’s open to playing in China
Free agent guard Jeremy Lin has had a tough go finding a job in the NBA during the past six weeks of free agency, and while the 30-year-old could still find a suitor if he waits long enough, he hasn’t closed the door on a chance to play in China.
“Of course I am thinking about the CBA,” Lin said in Guangzhou on Friday, according to Jonathan White of the South China Morning Post. “I don’t know where I will be next year, so I don’t have expectations. I know what level I can play at, so if I don’t get that I won’t settle.”
Lin might just have to settle for an overseas overture in the near future, as there aren’t many roster spots available or many significant roles that he can take on heading into the 2019-20 season. Lin spent half of the season as a mentor to Trae Young with the Atlanta Hawks before being acquired by the Toronto Raptors and winning a championship with them as a third-string floor general.
He is now nearly two years removed from sustaining a torn patella tendon and missing the entire 2017-18 season, his second with the Brooklyn Nets. The Harvard alum spoke about his approach during this offseason:
“The most important thing this year is to ‘get my legs underneath me’. This summer I have had time to recover,” said Lin, who wants to prioritize his happiness over the money he can earn in his next deal. “I want to be happy, that is the main thing. When you are competing, everything is about the NBA. But I am 30 now, the main thing is to be happy.”
Lin actually played a few games in the Chinese Basketball Association during the lockout portion of the 2011-12 season, suiting up for the Dongguan Leopards at the ABA Club Championship in Guangzhou, China, claiming MVP honors in the tournament.