Veteran guard Jeremy Lin is going to China. After failing to land a contract with an NBA team, Lin decided to sign with Beijing Shougang Ducks with the team announcing the deal on Tuesday.
Lin himself also confirmed that he is heading to China, posting a photo of himself in Ducks’ jersey on social media. Captioning the photo, he thanked the NBA and its fans while saying he is “excited about the next step in his career.
“To challenge stereotypes, make history, rep Asians at the NBA level and pave the path as others have done for me has been an absolute privilege.” – Lin wrote on Instagram. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for each person who has been with me each step of the way. “
Jeremy Lin going to China was an expected turn of events, as NBA teams showed little to no interest in him during the offseason. He split the last season between Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, winning an NBA title with the latter team. Lin, however, wasn’t the biggest contributor to Raptors’ championship run as he only played 3.4 minutes per game in the postseason and averaged 1.1 points.
Lin is best known for his breakthrough performances with New York Knicks in 2011/12 when he had a stretch of high-scoring games and became an NBA sensation. After that, he became a journeyman in the league, playing for several teams including Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Brooklyn Nets.