Veteran guard Jeremy Lin has signed for Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, Santa Cruz Warriors, ahead of the 2020-21 season, the team announced on Saturday.
Lin spent the 2019-20 season with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks and guided them to the semi-finals before they lost to eventual champions Guangdong Southern Tigers. He left the team in September.
The 32-year-old began his NBA career with the Warriors in 2010 before joining the New York Knicks, where his strong performance in the 2011-12 season gave rise to the term “Linsanity”.
Lin also had spells with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks and in 2019 became the first Asian-American to win an NBA Championship, doing so with the Toronto Raptors.
The G League will begin its season in February in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World near Orlando.
Lin told Chinese fans that he doesn’t intend to stay in the G League forever. He hopes to be picked up by a NBA team.
“My dream is not to stay in the G League,” Lin said in a live Q&A with his Chinese fans on social media.
“If I play well, NBA teams will want to sign me and I can join whichever NBA team who wants me, although I am playing in the Warriors’ G League team.”
“I think an update on social media is not enough,” Lin added, “so I choose to live-stream on Douyin, to see if I can talk with you and answer your questions.”
Lin also told his fans that he’d be back some day.
“Regardless of success or not, I don’t know what I will do next year. If no NBA team wants me, if you asked me today, I really want to go back to the CBA,” he revealed.
“I always want to go back to CBA some day, that’s for sure. I get on well with Shougang boss, players and coach.
“If I am successful in NBA, then even if I have an NBA offer next year, I can’t agree to go to the NBA immediately, because I really enjoyed my time with the Ducks.”