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Jeremy Lin posts heartfelt message after signing with team in China

Jeremy Lin has made the decision to sign with a team in the Chinese Basketball Association after failing to hook on with an NBA squad, and the player who inspired “Linsanity” posted heartfelt messages on social media as he bid his farewell.

Lin revealed on Tuesday that he has signed a deal with the Beijing Ducks. The nine-year NBA veteran posted messages on both Twitter and Instagram to announce his impending move. Lin also expressed heartfelt gratitude to all the fans who have supported him during stints with eight different teams, but he also indicated he’s excited for the next chapter of his career.

“All I can say is THANK YOU to the NBA, my family, inner circle, every fan who came to watch or rooted for me during these last 9 years! To challenge stereotypes, make history, rep Asians at the NBA level and pave the path as others have done for me has been an absolute privilege,” Lin wrote on Instagram. “I[‘]m overwhelmed with gratitude for each person who has been with me each step of the way. ⁣

“Equally excited for this next step with the Beijing Ducks! I always knew my path would go through the CBA solely bc I knew how much of an honor it would be to hoop in front of all my Chinese fans. Im here now and there is more history to be made!”

Lin averaged 9.6 points, 3.1 assists and 2.4 rebounds over 480 regular-season games in his career. While the door certainly is not closed permanently to a potential NBA return, his move to the CBA certainly indicates interest in him was limited, at least at this stage.