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Report: Lin finalizing deal to play for Warriors' G League team

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It sounds like Jeremy Lin and the Warriors are having a reunion.

Kind of.

Lin is finalizing a contract with Golden State, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. And the deal is contingent upon the 32-year-old receiving a letter of clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association.

But the main takeaway is that it's an Exhibit 10 contract, which means he will be waived and assigned to the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors, according to The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

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The G League has not finalized its plans, but all indications point to some semblance of a season taking place in a bubble environment in the Atlanta area.

Lin most recently was a practice player with the G League's Ignite squad in Walnut Creek, and suited up Tuesday for its closed-door scrimmage. But coach Brian Shaw told the media Thursday afternoon that Lin no longer was with the team.

"He decided that he wanted to try and explore some other options," Shaw said in response to Forbes' Adam Zagoria. "He played those couple minutes last game Tuesday and then decided he was going to go elsewhere.

"It wasn’t going to be enough for what he needed to happen for him with the emphasis being on our young guys, so I think he wanted to go somewhere where he could have the ball in his hands and really get the minutes and show what he can do in his quest to get back to the NBA."

 

Photos of Lin playing some pick-up ball with the Warriors over at the University of San Francisco surfaced in early November, which sparked discussion about him pursuing an NBA comeback.

The 6-foot-3 guard did not play in the NBA during the 2019-20 season, as he averaged 22.4 points, 5.6 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals over 43 games with the Beijing Ducks. He shot 49.3 percent overall and 33.5 percent from deep.

The Harvard graduate started the 2018-19 campaign with the Atlanta Hawks, but was waived in February. Lin signed with the Toronto Raptors, and got himself a ring when the Raptors knocked off the Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals.

Lin started his career with the Warriors, appearing in 29 games during the 2010-11 season. He was released in December 2011 and landed with the New York Knicks.

"Linsanity" was born in February 2012 when the Palo Alto High School grad averaged 21.1 points, 8.6 assists and 2.4 steals over a 17-game span with New York.

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