"Beijing, I’m here"
SCMP reports that NBA champion Jeremy Lin has signed with the Chinese Basketball Association team Beijing Shougang Ducks.
Last week it was rumoured that Lin was offered US$3million to sign with the Chinese team. On Tuesday evening the deal was confirmed.
Lin publicly confirmed the news by posting photos of him with the team on his official Weibo account as well as a video of him in the team uniform on Chinese video app Douyin.
“Beijing, I’m here,” Lin says in Mandarin in the video.
On Instagram, the former Toronto Raptors point guard posted an image of himself in Ducks uniform with his brother Joseph Lin who plays for the Fubon Braves in Taiwan’s Super Basketball League.
Lin had previously said he wanted to play with his younger brother in Asia.
“I always knew my path would go through the CBA solely bc I knew how much of an honor it would be to hoop in front of all my Chinese fans,” the 31-year-old wrote on Instagram. “I’m here now and there is more history to be made!”
A video of Lin arriving at the club’s headquarters and wearing a Ducks baseball cap was also shared on Weibo.
Lin is the CBA’s biggest signing, topping former Beijing Ducks star Stephon Marbury.
Earlier this year Lin made history by becoming the NBA’s first Asian American Champion the Toronto Raptors won the NBA finals.
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All I can say is THANK YOU to the NBA, my family, inner circle, every fan who came to watch or rooted for me during these last 9 years! To challenge stereotypes, make history, rep Asians at the NBA level and pave the path as others have done for me has been an absolute privilege. Im overwhelmed with gratitude for each person who has been with me each step of the way. Equally excited for this next step with the Beijing Ducks! I always knew my path would go through the CBA solely bc I knew how much of an honor it would be to hoop in front of all my Chinese fans. Im here now and there is more history to be made! Also congrats to @joe_linstagram on a contract extension fresh off a championship with the @fubon_braves … you’re a beast and to be able to sign our contracts on the same day is something Ill forever cherish. Love you lil bro! #linstanation #farfromdone #glorytoGod
A still from video on Sina Weibo showing Jeremy Lin signing his contract with the Beijing Shougang Ducks. pic.twitter.com/gfyKNtRdZN
— Jonathan White (@jmawhite) 27 August 2019
🇨🇳Beijing, I’m coming!
🏀 @JLin7 made his announcement on Douyin today as former NBA star signs for CBA team Beijing Ducks! #linsanity pic.twitter.com/ps0ma9zTQ4
— Red Lantern (@RedLanternDM) 27 August 2019
@JLin7 just announce via Weibo that he signs with the Beijing Shougane Ducks today joining the CBA.
北京，我来了 @北京首钢篮球俱乐部 pic.twitter.com/QdtjWdIOcz
— Penny Lee (@penny10654) 27 August 2019
As per China BTV Sports 天天體育 just said, @JLin7 just arrived and ready to meet with the team Beijing Ducks. The coach and players of Beijing Ducks in the national team for FIBA World Cup have returned. Signing and official announcements are coming soon. pic.twitter.com/9sluwsThIR
— Popo Chung (@PopoChung7) 27 August 2019