NBA rumors: Jeremy Lin being eyed by CSKA Moscow
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Report: Jeremy Lin being eyed by CSKA Moscow

Jeremy Lin

Veteran guard Jeremy Lin, left unsigned nearly a month into free agency, is drawing interest from Euroleague power CSKA Moscow, according to Sportando’s Emilio Carchia.

Lin finished last season with the Toronto Raptors, winning a championship ring despite appearing in the NBA Finals for just single minute of garbage time. He was used similarly sparingly throughout the postseason, playing 27 total minutes, all when the game had already been decided, across eight appearances.

The Raptors signed Lin in February after he reached a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks. He was acquired by the Hawks in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets last summer, ostensibly to serve as a veteran mentor to rookie point guard Trae Young, the No. 5 overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Over 74 appearances with Toronto and Atlanta last season, in all but one of which he came off the bench, Lin averaged 9.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists, shooting 44.0 percent overall and just 29.4 percent from beyond the arc, the second-worst mark of his career.

Though dreams of “Linsanity” becoming a game-by-game reality had long since passed, Lin nevertheless re-established himself as a worthwhile rotation player with the Charlotte Hornets in 2015-16, leading to a significant payday by the Nets the following summer. But he was beset by injury from the beginning of his tenure in Brooklyn, playing just 38 games during an otherwise promising 2016-17 campaign and just one game the next season after tearing his patellar tendon in the Nets’ opener.

Lin, when fully healthy, has proven himself worthy of a consistent role in the NBA. But after so many injuries, both minor and otherwise, it’s fair to wonder if he still has much of the athleticism needed to successfully compensate for his long-streaky jump-shooting.