Jeremy Lin will be looking for a new home this summer, and though he doesn’t think a return to the New York Knicks is probable, he’s open to a reunion.
“It’s not looking likely, because they just traded for Derrick Rose,” Lin said in a conversation at the World Economic Forum in China. “But I will say, ever since I left I’ve been open to going back, and I still am. Never say never. That’s the one thing in the NBA. Never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure it’s the best timing.
The six-year veteran believes he is entering the best years of his career, so the fact that the Knicks just acquired a starting point guard would make a return a bit tougher.
“I want to find a home,” he said. “I want to see how good I can become. I’m 27, an athlete’s prime in the NBA is usually 27–30.”
Lin began his career with the Golden State Warriors in 2010–11, and blossomed with the Knicks in 2011–12 after a D-League call-up. He left for the Rockets the following summer in free agency before joining the Lakers and Hornets. If he leaves Charlotte this off-season, Lin will be playing for the sixth team in seven years.
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– Kenny Ducey