TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwanese-American NBA basketball player Jeremy Lin yesterday announced his decision to join Charlotte Hornets next season, ending speculation on which team he would be playing with next as he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
On his Instagram and Facebook pages, the 26-year-old point guard announced that he has reached a deal with the Hornets. He did not disclose details on the contract.
According to NBA sources and Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, Lin has accepted the Hornets' bi-annual exception of two years and a US$4.3 million (S$5.8 m) deal.
Last season, Lin made US$8.3 million while he played with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In a Facebook post regarding the decision, Lin said his free agent goals were "to find the right and a place where I could be most empowered to be the player I believe I can be."
"I wanted to be on a team where I would be able to play freely and truly play the game I love with joy again. That has always been the most important thing to me. After a lot of prayer and long discussions with family and friends, I wanted to personally let you guys know I'll be joining the Charlotte Hornets."
Noting that his NBA journey has never looked the way he or anyone else thought it would be, Lin, a devoted Christian, thanked God for always working things out for him.
He thanked Coach Clifford and the Hornets for the opportunity - "for taking the time to talk to me, understanding my game, and most importantly, making it clear they believe in me."
Thanks LA and Lakers
Lin also expressed gratitude to his former club the Lakers and to the city of Los Angeles, for their support this past season.
In 74 games for the Lakers, Lin averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game.
"I have no idea what is coming next, but I promise I will do everything in my power to contribute to this team and to improve as a player and as a person."
Asked if he will be backing up the Hornets' starting point guard Kemba Walker or playing more shooting guard, Lin replied in his Facebook post that the Hornets want him "at both the 1 and the 2, as well as running lots of pick and rolls," which he described as "a great fit and opportunity."
During his previous trip to Taiwan, Lin said he has continued to sharpen his skills over the ongoing offseason as he aimed to sign a contract with any NBA team where he could be a starter and which fits his style.
Charlotte will be the Harvard graduate hoop player's fifth NBA team in his five-year career.
Lin has played for the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks, the Houston Rockets and the Lakers.