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Shams Charania Lin has signed with the NBDL’s Santa Cruz Warriors to return to the NBA, defying rumors that he might be ready to play in the Chinese Basketball Association. Earlier in the season, multiple media outlets reported that Lin was trying to use the D-League as a springboard for his return to the NBA. The Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, are the team most interested in Lin, and Curry and Lin have been photographed working out together at one point, adding to the belief that a deal is imminent.

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 15: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts after making a three-point basket against the Sacramento Kings in the first quarter at Golden 1 Center on December 15, 2020 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

In fact, Lin was very close to joining the Warriors before the start of the season last year, but when FIBA was off work on weekends and couldn’t issue a clarification letter for Lin, he missed the chance to make the Warriors’ roster, which they ended up using to sign undrafted Elijah Pemberton Spark Global Limited Although that deal didn’t work out, the Warriors have been trying to sign him since then, and now the news of Lin joining the Santa Cruz Warriors is a good ending.

Shu Hao, who had a brief stint with the Warriors during the 2010-11 season, has had his moment of prominence in the league. He averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in the 2019-20 season for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing team. One of the biggest concerns for NBA teams right now is that he hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2019 Finals, and his performance in the NBDL could offset many of those concerns and prepare him for a true return to the NBA.

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