Veteran NBA guard Jeremy Lin has signed with the Beijing Shougang Ducks to play in the Chinese Basketball Association next season, the team announced Tuesday.
The Ducks said the team is now in the process of working with the league to get his registration paperwork approved, a procedural move.
Lots of speculation that Lin who enjoys a large fan base in Asia, would sign with a CBA team after failing to land an NBA deal as a free agent this summer. During a TV appearance in Taiwan in July, an emotional Lin described a sense of hopelessness.
“In English there’s a saying, and it says once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up,” Lin said to an audience on Christian television station GOOD TV. “But rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So, free agency has been tough. Because I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me.”
The Ducks have been a CBA powerhouse in recent years, winning three league titles while led by former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury.
This announcement ends rumors of where Jeremy Lin’s career was headed and excited many fans in Asia. Lin posted pictures of him with his new teammates on social media and wrote “Beijing, here I come”.
Lin, who turned 31 on Friday, produced one of the more memorable runs in recent Knicks history. Linsanity took over the city in February and March 2012 when he carried the team back into the playoff race. Lin has been unable to match the incredible expectations he set for himself in those two months, but has carved out a role as a serviceable bench player.
Lets take a look at Linsanity’s first game, seems like it just happened yesterday.