The point guard admits that he did not expect to be wearing purple and gold next season.
The 25-year-old was expecting to be traded as the Rockets looked to clear cap space, but the Lakers were not a his list of likely destinations.
"I thought personally that I might be going to the 76ers or New York," Lin said during his offseason tour of China. "I hadn't heard about LA wanting to sign me, not even once from later this month, but then I was told about it. I'm very surprised."
The Lakers are in a transition period as they look to rebuild a team capable of contending in the tough Western Conference. The Purple and Gold missed the playoffs last season, and landed the seventh pick in the NBA Draft.
Lin is likely to see plenty of playing time in LA. He will be handed a starting place at the point, a role he lost to Patrick Beverly during the course of his last season in Houston.
The Lakers still have much to do over the summer. They are currently without a coach and have a number of roster spots to fill with many players still out of contract. Lin revealed that there was barely time for the team to meet with him when he traveled to Los Angeles.
"The Lakers' management are very busy right now because they don't have a coach and they also need to introduce many players," Lin said.
"They were so busy when I went to meet them, I just had a brief meeting with them. But they told me I'll have more court time with the Lakers than in Houston."
With Lin, Kobe Bryant and Julius Randle on the roster, the Lakers will be hoping to make a return to the playoffs next season.