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Knicks sign Jeremy Lin as point guard to strengthen depth

Staff Writer, with CNA, LOS ANGELES

Jeremy Lin, the first player of Taiwanese descent to make the roster of an NBA team, has been signed by the New York Knicks to strengthen the club’s depth at point guard.

“He can really get in the lane and distribute the basketball,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was quoted as saying by ESPN after claiming the 23-year-old off waivers on Tuesday. “We haven’t seen him for a couple of years, but when we worked him out, we liked him. We’ll see.”

The Knicks are Lin’s third team since he made his NBA debut last year as a rookie with the Golden State Warriors.

The Harvard graduate played 29 games as a rookie, averaging 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals for the Warriors.

Golden State waived Lin on Dec. 9 to clear salary-cap room. He then spent two weeks with the Houston Rockets and played in two pre-season games in which he had six points, one rebound and one assist in just under eight minutes of action. However, he was cut again last weekend.

Lin was to join the Knicks in the Bay Area yesterday prior to their game against the Warriors in Oakland, California.

According to the ESPN report, the Knicks decided to claim Lin off waivers after their rookie point guard Iman Shumpert suffered a knee injury in New York’s Christmas Day win over Boston.

Just how long the team plans to keep Lin is unclear, the report said. New York’s starting point guard is Toney Douglas, and reserve point guard Mike Bibby was expected to return from a back injury in yesterday’s game.

Lin was signed to back them up, but will likely be waived once Shumpert returns, multiple reports said.

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