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Jeremy Lin says starting role a factor in free agency; Down to the Knicks or Nets?

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Apr 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin emphasized that his free agency decision this summer will be affected by a team’s ability to offer him a starting role. Lin has been linked to many teams in various NBA rumors but only a few teams can offer him the starter job he wants.

“To me, the most important thing as a free agent is that I am happy when I play basketball or show up for work. I was happy last year, but I was not particularly happy for the first five years,” Lin said via Taipei Times.

“To be happy, I need to consider a few things. Of course I am going to consider who is coaching the team, the team’s style, the players on the team and their chance of winning, as well as the on-court time I have and if I have a chance to start.”

Lin, who is the first player with Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, was in Taipei in an event for adidas. NBA rumors has Lin linked to teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.

But among those teams interested, only the Sixers, Knicks and Nets will be able to offer him a starting job at the point guard position. Both the Knicks and Nets are looking to return to the playoffs and an upgrade at the PG position will be one of their priorities this summer.

There are also speculations that Lin could go back to the Charlotte Hornets, where he had a very successful season. However, with his new statement of wanting a starting PG role, it looks like he won’t go back to Charlotte because they already have a starting PG in Kemba Walker.

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