Undrafted out of Harvard University, Lin signed a 2-year deal with his hometown team, the Golden State Warriors. It was a dream come true for the 6’3 guard since it was his favorite team growing up he signed to play in. Now all may be lost.
Deemed as one of the “fairy tale” acquisitions during the NBA offseason this year, Chinese-American Jeremy Lin (林書豪) of the Golden State Warriors is heading to the NBA’s Developmental League. Larry Riley, the Warriors’ general manager, recently said that the demotion is on the works. “It’s possible. I’d say that’s something that’s on the table.” says Riley.
Lin’s contract is partially guaranteed for 2010, and Golden State has a team option for the rookie’s sophomore season. Sources indicate the Lin’s contract would include a salary close $500,000 in the first year with more than fifty percent of it guaranteed. The Warriors’ new owner, Joe Lacob, is a fan and supporter of Lin. It was Lacob’s decision to sign the twenty two year old undrafted prospect.
One of the highlights in this off-season’s Summer League was Lin’s great play against # 1 overall pick John Wall and the Washington Wizards.
Lin’s demotion will likely place when Team USA’s Olympian Stephen Curry returns from his sprained right ankle injury, which already made him miss the last 3 games. Lin will be assigned to the Warriors’ affiliate team in Reno.
Jeremy Lin, who’s been invited by Chinese-Taipei to suit up for them in their men’s national basketball team in FIBA tournaments, has a Nike contract guaranteed for 3 years.
We would only hope his “dream season” would continue after his stint in the D-League. We aspire that he would return to the NBA one day and never be sent back again to the NBA’s minor league. We wish him the best!