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Jeremy Lin says he's open to moving to China

Inkstone logo Inkstone 9/8/2019 Jonathan White and Louise Moon
Jeremy Lin wearing a white shirt © Handout

Jeremy Lin, currently an unrestricted free agent, says he’s considering playing in the Chinese Basketball Association.

“Of course I am thinking about the CBA,” Lin told reporters in the Chinese megacity of Guangzhou on Friday. “I don’t know where I will be next year, so I don’t have expectations. I know what level I can play at, so if I don’t get that I won’t settle.”

Lin, who left the Toronto Raptors this summer after winning the NBA championship with them, was speaking at a press conference to launch his role as a brand ambassador for Chinese sportswear brand Xtep. 

He will be the pitchman fronting four models of basketball shoes featuring “Linsanity” stitching, which will be available in October. Financial terms of the deal were not provided.

“The most important thing this year is to ‘get my legs underneath me’. This summer I have had time to recover,” said Lin.  “I want to be happy, that is the main thing. When you are competing, everything is about the NBA. But I am 30 now, the main thing is to be happy.”

Lin’s happiness within the NBA has come into doubt, with the 30-year-old telling Taiwanese television that the league had turned its back on him.

“Free agency has been tough because I feel like, in some ways, the NBA has kind of given up on me,” he told Good TV in a tearful interview.

While there is a chance he will be picked up by an NBA team ahead of the new season beginning on October 22, a move overseas looks an increasing possibility.

Earlier on his current Asia tour, Lin had said that he would be willing to play in the region and that it was a dream to play on the same team as his brother Joseph, who plays for the Fubon Braves in Taiwan.

Lin played a handful of games with CBA team Dongguan Leopards in the Asian Basketball Association tournament in 2011 during the NBA shutout.

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