Jeremy Lin’s quest to get back into the NBA may still come by way of the G League, after all.
Less than a week after the Golden State Warriors failed to get a waiver from Lin’s last team, the Beijing Ducks, to sign him to the Warrior’s G League team, the NBA is reportedly seeking to make things easier for veterans like Lin.
A new rule would allow teams to fill a roster spot with a player with at least 5 years of NBA playing time, according to the New York Time’s Marc Stein. Lin could technically sign with the G League and then join the Warriors. Some are already calling the proposal the Jeremy Lin rule.
According to the Mercury News, right now it’s uncertain whether there will even be a G League season due to COVID. The NBA is considering allowing teams to play in a bubble at Disney World in Orlando, the same place where NBA teams finished last season, beginning on February 8.
Some fear the bubble may actually make it more difficult for NBA teams to bring G League players up to the big team.
“With quarantine rules expected to be similar to those in the Orlando bubble, calling a player up or sending him back down is a massive time sink,” warned the Athletic’s John Hollinger. “As a result, most teams are likely to keep their roster players out of this bubble and use it to evaluate other prospects instead. From the player side, however, this offers a tremendous showcase for those who couldn’t make a roster in training camp.”
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