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Summer League sensation Jeremy Lin near two-year deal with Warriors

Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for jlin.jpgJeremy Lin has struck it rich in Las Vegas.

Lin, one of the stars of Vegas Summer League, is very close to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to both ESPN and the Contra Costa Times. Lin would be returning home with his deal, he is a Palo Alto native. He also would be the first player from Harvard in the NBA since 1954.

This is not a guaranteed deal — he can still be cut during training camp or at any time in the first few months of the season. How Golden State got him was guaranteeing a buyout of half of his nearly $500,000 first year salary if he is cut. The Dallas Mavericks (his Summer League team) and Los Angeles Lakers were also interested in Lin, but they offered smaller buyouts if he was cut (the minimum salary would have been the same anywhere). Also, the second year of Lin’s deal is a team option.

Lin might well make the Warriors, however. Stephen Curry is going to get the lion’s share of minutes at the point, and Monta Ellis will get some, but the Warriors just traded away last season’s backup C.J. Watson. They need a backup point now, and Lin is going to get the chance to get the job.

Lin won over Summer League fans in Vegas because he plays a fearless game. Nobody attacked the rim as hard as him, as relentlessly. His game is not fully NBA ready — got to improve his jumper, he’s got to finish at a higher rate near the rim. But he has a great feel for the game, makes smart passes and is the kind of guy that will change the mood of a practice because he will not coast. Coaches love players who maximize their talents, and Lin is one of those guys.

And it looks like he is going to make it.

  1. David - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Good for him. Playing at home is great. But I would have tried to spend 2 years learning the game in practice from Kobe. That would have been priceless. How opportunities do you get in life like that?

  2. Jason - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:17 PM

    How many opportunities do you get in life at a guaranteed $250,000 check no matter what happens? We’ll all be rooting for Lin, but he might never make it. The half guaranteed deal helps his chances of making the team though, from this point forward the warriors will choose from paying 250,000 to Lin for the rest of the year or 500,000 to someone else. This is a good shot for him to get in the D-league on the Warriors dime, develop his game even more and look at a bigger payday in 2012.

  3. FlowRider - Jul 21, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    “…he can still be cut during training camp or at any time in the first few months of the season.”
    I mean, isn’t basically that true of any rookie? Even a first-rounder? I doubt they give a guy a multi-year deal with guaranteed money unless they’re 100% he’s going to be on the opening day roster and 99% sure he’s going to stay there for at least one season.
    Also, Lin is one of the best finishers at the rim amongst all college guards (over 50% FG in his last two years). He even shot 54% during summer league (John Wall shot 38%). Besides his jumper (which every rook needs to work on), Lin needs to cut down his turnovers. He has great court vision, but his passes come in too hot sometimes.

  4. FlowRider - Jul 21, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    FYI: DraftExpress says Lin made 60% of his 2-pt FGs last season. Sounds like he can finish fine at the rim.

  5. richie w - Jul 21, 2010 at 2:42 AM

    I am ecstatic for J. Lin I saw him play this summer on TV he has got game!!: whether he can do it against the likes of guys like Chris Paul and others etc. is the question but he can get into the lane and he sees the court so well!! lets hope he is good enough, it would make for a great great story!!

  6. Jeremy A - Jul 21, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    I predict more riots in SF if they cut him.

  7. Zachariah Blott - Jul 21, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    I like the dude, but he has way too many turnovers for a PG (14 compared to only 8 assists in summer league). I hope he makes it, but he’s yet to show that he can bring more than a one-dimensional game of driving to the hoop to the league. I expand on this in the comments section of this post:

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