Veteran free agent point guard Jeremy Lin has signed with the Guangzhou Loong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to the team. Lin published an Instagram post confirming his new basketball home.
Lin, who turned 34 in August, hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since the 2018/19 season, when he won a championship as a Raptors reserve. However, he has continued to play in China and the G League since then, suiting up for the Beijing Ducks in 2019/20 and ’21/22, and for the Santa Cruz Warriors in 2021.
Lin has seen action in a total of 480 regular season NBA games, averaging 11.6 PPG and 4.3 APG in 25.5 minutes per contest for the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, Hawks, and Raptors. He’s best remembered for his “Linsanity” run with the Knicks during the post-lockout 2011/12 season.
Last season, Lin battled a bad case of COVID-19, spending three months in isolation and losing 20 pounds, according to Matt Eaton of the South China Morning Post. Lin said that the “mental and physical impact” of that experience took its toll, but it sounds like he’s ready to return to the court. The 2022/23 season will be the first time he has played for a non-Beijing CBA team since 2011, when he was a member of the Dongguan Leopards.