Jeremy Lin To Sign With Warriors, Reports Say
UPDATED 9:09 a.m.
After an impressive round of performances in the NBA summer league, former Harvard co-captain Jeremy Lin is close to signing a deal with the Golden State Warriors, ESPN reported Tuesday night.
In an interview with The Crimson on Tuesday, the headline-making Asian American player said that he will announce his choice of team either that night or Wednesday, when the terms of the deal are closer to being finalized. When asked if his final choice would be among the Mavericks, Lakers, or an Eastern Conference team—the first three teams to reportedly offer him a deal—Lin declined to comment.
The Warriors—although not one of three original teams to offer Lin a contract—expressed interest in Lin before the 2010 NBA draft, inviting Lin to a workout at their facilities.
Lin, whose NBA stock increased dramatically due to his strong showing at this month's NBA summer league, will sign a multi-year contract and receive at least $250,000 in guaranteed money as a rookie, according to ESPN.
Many sports enthusiasts predicted that the Oakland-based Warriors would sign the Harvard graduate following June's NBA draft. But after going undrafted, Lin chose to sign on with the Dallas Mavericks' summer league roster.
After a strong showing in his first three contests with the Mavericks, Lin had reportedly received interest from three NBA teams: the Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers, and an Eastern Conference team.
But after Lin scored 11 fourth-quarter points in a matchup against the Washington Wizards and No. 1 overall pick John Wall, more teams came knocking.
"[The matchup with Wall] was by far the biggest thing for me in terms of my stock and everything," Lin said. "Just thank God for a perfect performance on a perfect night. There are a lot of things you can't control but I fully believe that was a blessing from God. The timing of that was unbelievable."
With more teams vying for his services, Lin and his agent, Roger Montgomery, examined several factors in determining the right fit for Lin, who will still have to fight for a final roster spot on the Warriors.
Lin said that the factors they considered included "location, contract situation, [roster size], how much they're willing to invest in me, and style of play."
The Warriors—a team with only three true guards under contract for the 2010-11 NBA season—seemed to be an ideal fit for Lin, who will still have to fight for a spot on the Warriors’ bench at the start of the upcoming season.
While Lin's rookie contract of $500,000 will reportedly be guaranteed for at least $250,000, he will still have to earn a spot on the team's final roster following the team's fall training camp and preseason.
If things do not go Lin's way this fall, the point guard could be sent to play for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, the Warriors' minor league affiliate.