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'Brook-Linsanity': Jeremy Lin Signs With Brooklyn Nets

by Stephany Bai /
Charlotte Hornets' Jeremy Lin talks to fans on the court following an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, in Atlanta.David Goldman / AP, file

Four years after “Linsanity” made him a household name, Jeremy Lin will return to New York City.

Lin, 28, who played last season for the Charlotte Hornets, tweeted Friday that he will join the Brooklyn Nets. The reported three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets comes shortly after Lin triggered an early-termination option in his contract with the Hornets that allowed him to be a free agent.

Charlotte is only the latest in a long list of cities and teams that Lin has called home in his six seasons with the NBA. Before the Hornets, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, and Golden State Warriors.

When Lin returns to New York, he will also be reunited with current Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who was the assistant coach for the Kicks during his 2011-2012 run.

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In an April interview with the Charlotte Observer, Lin, who is the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, expressed a "wistfulness" for California, where he was born and raised. “Sometimes I miss being able to get Asian food, or Asian dessert, or stuff like that. I miss seeing Asian people,” Lin said. “But we travel enough, and I get to see my friends a lot. It’s all good.”

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