The NBA is more fun with Jeremy Lin. And on a more practical level, you can still be a useful rotation player. Before a mid-season move to Toronto that got him a ring but reduced its use to garbage time, he averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 assists in 19.7 minutes per game as a backup / mentor for Trae Young in Atlanta.
One would think that some team would find a use for a player like that, but Lin remains unsigned and seemingly without offers. And in an appearance at a basketball clinic in Taiwan this weekend, an emotional Lin allowed him to wear it out.
“Every year it becomes more difficult. And in English there is a saying that once you hit the bottom, the only way is up. But rock bottom seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So, free agency has been tough. Because I feel that, somehow, the NBA has abandoned me. "
CSKA Moscow is said to aim for Lin to play as a shipowner, to replace the late Nando de Colo, who signed with Fenerbahçe earlier this month. (The same report says that if they can't catch Lin, CSKA will point to Ron Baker. The Euroleague is a true paradise for Individual Reminders.)
Lin says he thinks he will receive an offer from the veteran's minimum at the training camp or after the start of the NBA season, and that he may very well, but that he will not want to wait that long, and the Russian offer probably pays better.
If I can make a suggestion that is likely to be flatly rejected by all parties, the Knicks should sign Lin. They won't go anywhere, and at least they could trace things back to 2012, the last time he was a Knicks fan was fun.