According to a source, the Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Lin and a first-round draft pick to the LA Lakers. The move comes as several trade rumors have swirled around Lin.
Lin apologized to his fans for cancelling the tour and having to return to the US to “take care of some business” on his Weibo account, but promised to come back soon. He seemed to earn quite a bit of sympathy, judging by the comments:
Welcome to the LA Lakers!
Are you going to blow out the Rockets?
Fine then, I can become a Lakers fan then.
Will you understand if I speak in Chinese? “Lin, in getting rid of the Rockets, I wish you good luck.”
Jiayou! (Pump up! Let’s go!)
If there’s any way, can you send me a pair of running shoes?
(We want you to know) we understand.
The big show at the Lakers, congratulations!
You can change your (Weibo) avatar now.
With the Lakers, you should be happy. [sadface.emo] (This comment received 67 upvotes)
Learn well from (LA point guard Steve) Nash!!
Lin’s tour had stops planned in Guangzhou and Dongguan, the latter being where Lin had played a few games with the Dongguan Leopards in 2011. It’s also where Lin has aspirations to open a basketball school.
Photo: Jeremy Lin Weibo