Guard Jeremy Lin is expected to sign with Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, a league source confirmed with The Chronicle on Thursday.
This news comes little more than two weeks after the Warriors’ plans to bring Lin to Santa Cruz fell apart because Golden State was unable to receive his Letter of Clearance from FIBA by the deadline. Lin, who played with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks last season, had initially arranged to be signed and waived by the Warriors so that he could land with their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz.
But when that didn’t happen, Golden State changed course, signing and waiving Elijah Pemberton so it could acquire his G League rights. Now, Lin is poised to sign a standard G League deal with Santa Cruz in hopes of resuscitating his NBA career.
Lin, 32, is expected to arrive in Santa Cruz for physicals and onboarding Jan. 19 ahead of the team’s arrival at the G League’s Orlando bubble on the Disney campus on Jan. 26. Beginning Feb. 8, Santa Cruz will play a 12-15-game season.
This is a bit of a full-circle development, given that Lin started his NBA career with the Warriors in 2010 after going undrafted out of Harvard. After averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 29 games, he suffered a patellar ligament injury during the 2011 NBA lockout and was waived.
Three months later, in February 2012, Lin averaged 26.8 points and 8.5 assists in six games — all wins — with the Knicks to become an international phenomenon. But after failing to recapture that success with the Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, Nets, Hawks and Raptors, he headed to China last season.
With Santa Cruz, Lin — who starred at Palo Alto High School before enrolling at Harvard — figures to be a go-to option. He averaged 22.4 points on 49.3% shooting, 5.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds for the Beijing Ducks last season.