The Warriors Could Be Eyeing a Reunion With Jeremy Lin

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  • The Golden State Warriors are reportedly interested in signing Jeremy Lin.
  • Lin last played for the Toronto Raptors in 2019, becoming the first Asian-American to win an NBA title.
  • He played for the Beijing Ducks in the CBA this season and averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.

Linsanity could be returning to the NBA next season.

Jeremy Lin became a free agent after winning the NBA title with the Raptors. But after he was left unsigned, he felt the NBA had given up on him. So Lin obtained a Taiwanese passport which would enable him to play as a local in the Chinese Basketball Association. He ended up playing for the Beijing Ducks last season. But one year later, he is determined to return to the NBA.

Last month, Lin announced that he was leaving the Ducks to pursue an NBA comeback. Since then, Lin has been working out to prepare himself for the upcoming NBA free agency. Now, two teams are reportedly interested in signing the 32-year old.

According to reports, one team interested in Lin is the Brooklyn Nets because of his friendship with Nets owner Joe Tsai. The other team reportedly eyeing Lin’s services is the Golden State Warriors and between the two, it’s the one that makes sense:

Lin Fits The Bill

Golden State has been looking for a reliable back-up ball handler ever since Andre Iguodala and Shawn Livingston left the team last offseason. With Golden State’s current roster, Jordan Poole stands as the team’s best option to back-up Curry at point guard with Draymond Green also helping him out on a point-forward role.

Aside from searching for Curry’s back-up, the Dubs are also looking for veteran players who not only can still contribute the numbers but who also have valuable playoff experience. Golden State has seven players aged 28 or under. Curry is the oldest at 32, and only Green and Thompson are aged at least 30. With plenty of youth, Golden State needs to beef up its team with veterans.

Lin certainly fits the bill for both needs. He is coming off a 20-point season in China so there is no doubt that he is still very productive. At 32, he is still in his athletic prime. Lin also has played in 25 playoff game and was a member of the Raptors’ 2019 title team, even if he played just 27 total minutes and 8 playoff games for the Raptors. If those aren’t enough, then don’t forget that Lin started his career in the Bay Area.

Warriors Need To Re-Establish Themselves

Before Linsanity took the world by storm, Jeremy Lin made his NBA debut for the Golden State Warriors in 2010-11 after he was undrafted one year earlier. He played only 29 games for the Dubs that season but he made an impression on his teammates, including Steph Curry.

Said Curry about Lin when they played against each other in the 2019 NBA Finals:

“When he was there, my impressions of him are just how hard he worked and on a daily basis in practice, challenging me, challenging other guards, in terms of trying to make us better and establish himself as a NBA player. Like most of the world, my favorite thing about him is his perseverance.”

Whether it’s from Lin or not, the Warriors are going to need that perseverance this coming season as they try to re-establish themselves among the elites in the league. Golden State went from playing in the 2019 NBA Finals to picking 2nd overall in the 2020 NBA Draft. But with Curry and Klay Thompson back in harness next season, the Warriors should be back in the mix.

Golden State has the third best odds to win the Western Conference at +400. They also have the third shorters odds to win the 2021 NBA title at +600 per, with only the two Los Angeles teams ahead of them in their latest odds board. But winning it all won’t be easy with teams like the Lakers, Clippers, and Nuggets getting better since the last time the Dubs had their title run.

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