China News Service, Beijing, September 4. The new CBA season is approaching, and the signings and transfers of various clubs are in full swing, but it is still a mystery whether Jeremy Lin, a Chinese American player who has received much attention, will return next season. -Due to the "salary cap" of the new season, his high annual salary has become the biggest problem for his contract renewal.
In August 2019, Beijing Shougang Club signed Jeremy Lin, a member of the NBA championship and once known as "Lin Madness", which became one of the blockbuster news of the CBA last season, but at that time the Beijing team signed him only a one-year contract .
After the 2019-2020 season ends on August 15th, whether Jeremy Lin can still appear in the CBA next season has become the focus of attention.
On August 16, Jeremy Lin posted on his personal social media after embarking on his return to the United States, “About 7 years ago, I told myself that it was my dream to play in CBA.” “Usually we would say goodbye to each other, but I I'd rather say goodbye this time. These words are also understood to be Jeremy Lin's "return" signals.
However, the names of Beijing Shougang and Jeremy Lin did not appear in the list of clubs that have received priority renewal rights for foreign players announced by the CBA League.
The outside world generally believes that the Beijing team's abandonment of Jeremy Lin's priority to renew his contract is a helpless move under the new season's "salary cap" system.
Before the start of the 2019-2020 season, the CBA League announced that it will implement a “salary cap” system from the 2020-2021 season to curb the trend of excessively rapid player salary growth and promote the sustainable development of CBA.
In late August, the CBA League released the "Regulations for the Registration and Registration of CBA League Players in the 2020-2021 Season", which officially clarified the "salary cap" system and corresponding provisions.
Among them, the overall salary of foreign aid for each club shall not exceed 7 million US dollars (including all income of each foreign aid).
When each team can sign up to 4 foreign players, how to balance the role of foreign players and salary has become a problem that clubs need to "calculate carefully."
It is reported that Jeremy Lin’s annual salary for the Beijing Shougang team last season was US$3 million after tax.
The Beijing team wanted him to play the role Marbury once did and lead the Beijing team to their fourth championship.
But in the last season, Jeremy Lin played 39 games in the regular season, averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists; in 4 playoff games, averaging 22.8 points, 4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game, both in statistics and on the court. In terms of performance, there is a gap between the expectations of the outside world, and the Beijing team also stopped in the semi-finals and finally ranked fourth.
Now limited by the "salary cap", Jeremy Lin, if he returns to the Beijing team or joins other CBA teams, may not be able to maintain this high annual salary in the new season.
However, Jeremy Lin's influence and attention, support and drive to the team's young players, and the commercial value it embodies off the court are still beyond the reach of most players in the CBA league.
Although the Beijing team gave up Jeremy Lin’s priority to renew his contract, they were unwilling to give up this "golden sign". The two sides have communicated many times on the issue of contract renewal.
According to the latest news, the Beijing team and the Nanjing Tongxi team super foreign aid Joseph Yang have reached an agreement on the details of the contract, and the signing of the agreement is just around the corner.
Joseph Young played in 43 games last season, averaging 38.3 points, 6.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. He was the "scoring leader" in the regular season. He set a single-game highest score of 74 points last season and the third highest score in CBA history.
Outsiders believe that the Beijing team is actively seeking to join Jeremy Lin, Joseph Young, which also means that the negotiation with Jeremy Lin failed and meant to "give up".
If Jeremy Lin cannot return to the Beijing team, it does not rule out the possibility of him joining other CBA teams.
With Jeremy Lin’s age (32 years old) and physical condition, it is unlikely that he will return to the NBA. CBA is still a place to maximize his value and interests.
But the problem is that other teams are also limited by the "salary cap", and the top-ranked teams last season have no urgent demand for defenders, and other cities are obviously also in the development of his influence and commercial value. Not comparable to Beijing, these are issues that both parties need to consider comprehensively.
On Jeremy Lin’s recent social media, all his charity projects and commercial endorsements were posted.
In a recent interview with the US media, Jeremy Lin did not talk about his arrangements or plans for next season, which made his whereabouts even more confusing.
The 2020-2021 season CBA League is expected to kick off in mid-October. There is not much time left for the signings of the teams. Whether fans can see Jeremy Lin in the CBA next season will be announced in the near future.