The Warriors officially landed a player who is turning out to be a cult figure.
Guard Jeremy Lin, a Bay Area native who played at Harvard, signed a two-year deal with the Warriors on Wednesday afternoon. A press conference was held Wednesday to introduce Lin following his signing.
"Obviously playing in the NBA would have been a dream come true, but this is really a dream come true," said Lin. "This is the team I grew up cheering for and this is the one team I really, really wanted to play for."
Lin, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound combo guard who was undrafted out of Harvard, played for the Dallas Mavericks summer league and piqued the interest of several teams with his play. But the former Palo Alto High School star chose the Warriors, his favorite team growing up.
Lin's deal is partially guaranteed this year, and the Warriors hold a team option for the second season.
The Warriors needed a point guard after trading C.J. Watson to the Chicago Bulls. Lin is going to get his chance to fill that void. The Warriors could still go out and get a veteran point guard. That would allow time for Lin — who has the game of a shooting guard but needs to play point at the pro level — to develop without pressure.
Lin would become the first Asian born in the United States to play in the NBA since San Jose's Rex Walters, the current University of San Francisco coach.
Golden State also has guard Monta Ellis and Charlie Bell as options at point guard to spell starter Stephen Curry.