As a Asian-American fan it'd mean so so so much to me if the Blazers signed Jeremy Lin.
Obviously he's a restricted FA so he couldn't sign here even if he wanted to without the Knicks consent. But who knows maybe if he made his preference clear then there could be a sign and trade worked out, or maybe the Knicks will be dumb enough to just let him go (they are the Knicks after all).
Now obviously there will be some doubts, maybe he's just a one season wonder or he's not a good fit or he's not worth the money. All legit worries. But I think considering the state this team is in, this dark cloud hanging over the franchise that signing Jeremy Lin would just be the kind of shot in the arm to get fans excited again.
I'd just like to see this team be in the news for something positive again.
Even at worst case scenario, that he becomes a total bust. I mean we've signed worst people to worst contracts, I doubt signing Lin for the full MLE is going to do permanent damage. And the rewards far outway the risks.
Again back to the race thing, it's never bothered me watching a game where every player was black and white and nobody who looked like me with the occassional exceptions (Ha Seung Jin!!!) but when I saw Jeremy Lin lighting it out there, hitting game winning 3's, dunking. It filled me with so much pride. And so much more special was the fact he wasn't from China, or whereever. He was born and raised in America he just happens to have Taiwanese heritage. The fact that he can speak perfect english when he's interviewed.... I guess you'd have to asian to truely understand why this is a big deal.
Anyway, yeah please Blazers pursue Jeremy Lin. Let me dare to dream.
PS: One thing I forgot to add. I'm Korean and the Blazers drafting Ha Seung Jin was such a big big moment for me. Unfortunatley he didn't work out but man that was incredible seeing my team the Blazers draft the first korean player ever.