Jeremy Lin is the best bargain of 2016 free agency, says sports writer Ananth Pandian

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Jeremy Lin is the best bargain of 2016 free agency, says sports writer Ananth Pandian

Jeremy Lin signed a three-year deal worth $36 million with the Brooklyn Nets and he is slated to be the team’s starting point guard. According to one sportswriter, Lin’s deal with the Nets is the best bargain of the 2016 free agency.

The Nets immediately reached a deal with the 27-year-old guard on the first day of free agency last July 1. He officially signed the contract on July 7 and revealed that the main reason why he chose Brooklyn is he wanted to become a leader.

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“I just want to try to be a leader. We’ve talked a lot about culture and establishing a type of identity and work ethic, and I just kinda want to help. It’s kind of like a blank slate for the organization in a lot of ways, bringing in a new GM and a new coach, and I just want to be a part of that,” Lin said, via FOX Sports.

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According to Ananth Pandian of CBS Sports, the deal the Nets gave Jeremy Lin is the best bargain of the 2016 free agency. He noted that Lin could have signed a much bigger contract with other teams but the Nets made a great deal.

“Brooklyn also gets tremendous value from Lin, both from a basketball standpoint and a marketing one. Lin’s popularity internationally and in the U.S. allows the Nets to instantly make him the public face of the franchise and guarantees them a huge windfall with merchandising,” Pandian wrote.

Jeremy Lin instantly becomes the second-best player and second-best option on the Nets roster behind Brook Lopez. He will need to be at his best since the Nets are projected to be one of the worst teams for the upcoming season.

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Other players that were mentioned as best bargains include Festus Ezeli of the Portland Trail Blazers (2yr/$15M), Mirza Teletovic of the Milwaukee Bucks (3yr/$30M), Langston Galloway of the New Orleans Pelicans (2yr/$10M), Marvin Williams of the Charlotte Hornets (4yr/$54.5M) and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks (2yr/$40M).

Brandon Jennings (New York Knicks), Marreese Speights (Los Angeles Clippers), Jared Sullinger (Toronto Raptors) and Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), who all signed one-year deals, also made the list.

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