The Warriors-Jeremy Lin reunion saga took another turn on Sunday.
The New York Times' Marc Stein reported, citing league sources, that the “Warriors remain interested in adding Jeremy Lin to the [Santa Cruz Warriors] should Lin decide to use the G League as the platform for a potential NBA comeback."
Stein added that the Warriors “will explore all avenues” when it comes to the possibility of adding Lin to its G League roster.
The reports breathe new life into the possibility of Lin rejoining the Warriors, his hometown team. The Palo Alto product played for Golden State from 2010-11 but hasn’t played in an NBA game since the 2019 Finals, when he made a brief cameo for the Toronto Raptors. Lin averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks in 2019-20.
The Warriors were initially linked to Lin on Friday when The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the two sides were finalizing a potential G League agreement. Lin downplayed the report, before a Friday night deadline passed for a letter of clearance from FIBA, halting the negotiations.
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This seems like quite a bit of effort for a player who wouldn't crack the initial 15-man roster for the Warriors. Golden State is currently stacked with guards, as Mychal Mulder has edged Oakland native Juan Toscano-Anderson for the final roster spot. The 32-year-old Lin would have to really wow the Warriors to make it back to the NBA.
Sure, the days of Linsanity are likely long gone, but who wouldn’t want to see Lin back in a Warriors uniform? Lin generated lots of buzz during his first stint with the Warriors and would certainly draw some interest if he suited up for the squad once again.