Derrick Rose was traded by the Chicago Bulls to open up the starting point guard spot. Could this mean that the earlier NBA rumors of the Bulls getting Jeremy Lin in free agency be one of their next offseason moves?
Lin has been linked to many teams this 2016 offseason including the Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.
The Asian-American guard opted out of the final year of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets and he said in previous interviews that money is not important in free agency but that he would prefer a starting spot with the team he will sign with this summer.
The Bulls are one of the teams without much salary cap space this 2016 offseason but they can try to sign the likes of Jeremy Lin, whose contract will come cheaper compared to the other top free agents in the market.
Other point guards available in free agency include Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers), Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies) and Brandon Jennings (Orlando Magic), among others.
With the Bulls trade of Rose to New York, the Chicago squad are left with point guards Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant (acquired in the trade with the Knicks) and another point guard acquired in a trade earlier in the offseason in Spencer Dinwiddie.
None of the three is seen as a starting point guard and Lin can possibly take over the starting PG spot in Chicago if he signs with the team.
The Bulls can offer Lin over $10 million per season and still get another quality free agent in the market. In Chicago, Lin will run a team featuring Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott, among others.
Jeremy Lin has a wish for a starting PG role so the Knicks are now out of the equation as a possible free agency destination. That leaves the Bulls, Nets and Mavericks as likely landing spots for Lin.
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