It’s official. Jeremy Lin has signed to play basketball overseas with the Beijing Ducks, reports ESPN.
The deal ends for now his nine year career in the NBA.
The Ducks made the announcement today, saying it was in the process of finalizing all the paperwork. No word yet on how much Lin will make.
Last season he played for three different teams and earned $13.8 million, according to Spotrac. That’s just slightly less than the $14.9 million contract he signed with the Lakers in 2014-2015-his best year salary wise.
Back in July, the Harvard grad hinted that he would be leaving the NBA when he declared “the NBA has kind of given up on me.”
Lin has a supersized following on social media and is considered a rock star in China. “Beijing, I’m coming,” he declared on the Chinese social meda app Douyin.
Lin last season became the first Asian American player to win an NBA Championship with the Toronto Raptors. Although he got little playing time in the playoffs, he averaged 7 points per game during the regular season for the Raptors. Over his nine seasons, he averaged 11.6 points per game and 4.3 assists.
He’s joining a team that has won three league titles and is considered a powerhouse.
(Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Lin’s earnings last season. That figure only included his earning with the Toronto Raptors. We apologize for the error).
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