Jeremy Lin is a step closer to his NBA return.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Lin is finalizing a deal with the Golden State Warriors, pending clearance from the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
The Athletic's Anthony Slater added that Lin has agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with the Warriors, meaning he will likely spend the season playing for Golden State's G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Source: Exhibit 10 deal for Jeremy Lin, once logistics are cleared. So he won't be on the 15-man roster, but it gets him in their Santa Cruz system. https://t.co/5zHC5EVLVc- Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 18, 2020
Lin last played in the NBA in 2018-19, splitting the season with the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors. He spent the 2019-20 season with the CBA's Beijing Ducks, where he averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
In September, Lin posted on Instagram that he wasn't returning to the CBA for the 2020-21 season in the hopes of returning to the NBA.
"Despite being beyond grateful with sooo much that the CBA, China, and all my Asia fans gave me this past season, today I decided to not return to the Beijing Ducks next season," Lin wrote. "Instead I will be waiting for free agency and preparing myself for the NBA - and continuing my greatest dream. And maybe the result is a footnote, and this decision today was the true test."
In nine seasons in the NBA, Lin has career averages of 11.6 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game.
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