The Toronto Raptors are saying goodbye to Jeremy Lin, who has signed a contract with the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The term and money amount of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Lin made 23 regular-season appearances averaging 18.8 minutes per game for the Raptors last season. The campaign resulted in a well-deserved NBA championship for the 31-year old. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists. However, he only made eight appearances in the 2018-19 postseason averaging 3.4 minutes per game.
Lin made the news official in a video message:
The Beijing Ducks have captured the CBA title three times in the past eight seasons. Their 2019-20 schedule is yet to be announced.
He has played for eight different organizations throughout his 10-year NBA career; Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, and the Toronto Raptors.
Lin had previously expressed concern that his tenure with the NBA may be coming to a close. In July, he admitted, “free agency has been tough cause I [Lin] feel like in some ways, the NBA has kind of given up on me.”
Toronto fan’s reaction to the news is beyond supportive, with many fans wishing the veteran well in China over social media.
*This article will be updated when details pertaining to the contract are released.