Linsanity is still alive, and it’s returning to the Bay Area.
Former NBA guard Jeremy Lin will sign with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State’s G League affiliate, according to multiple sources and first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania. He’ll report to the G-League bubble in Orlando, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Lin started his career with the Warriors in 2010 after starring at Harvard, but was waived after suffering a patellar ligament injury during the 2011 NBA lockout. He went on to international fame with the Knicks in 2012, averaging 26.8 points and 8.5 assists in six straight victories. Lin was the first American of Chinese descent to star in the NBA, causing his newfound celebrity status. He never found that magic again, however, as he played on multiple other clubs after his sensational splash.
The Warriors first looked into making this move before the season started, but Lin couldn’t get out of his contract with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, where Lin played last year. Golden State is still looking for depth at guard, with the less-than-ideal Brad Wanamaker logging reserve minutes at the moment.
So, will Linsanity return? The guard is 32 years old now, so I gotta say it’s doubtful. But not impossible. Owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Myers will certainly find out.
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