Jeremy Lin had an up and down season in his first year with the Charlotte Hornets but the Asian-American guard said that he enjoyed his time with the Michael Jordan-owned team more than he did with his past teams.
But what is next for “Linsanity”? Should he opt out of the second and final year of his contract with the Hornets? Or should he stick with the Steve Clifford-coached team?
Lin is known for his great attitude on and off the court and has been saying all the right things so far even after the Hornets got embarrassed in Game 7 of the first round series against the Miami Heat. Lin did not show any frustration with his team, coach and role despite the fact that the Hornets choked away in Games 6 and 7 when the Heat got the win and stole the series from Charlotte, which led 3-2 at that point of the best-of-seven series.
However, Jeremy Lin is being too nice and he should know that he can do more inside the court with a bigger role as he’s shown in Games 3 to 5 in the series against Miami being one of the leaders of the team in scoring and running the team.
For the 2016 offseason, Jeremy Lin should be selfish and think about his career and how he can turn from one of the best sixth man in the league to a legit starter or even a star for his team.
Jeremy Lin signed a two-year deal worth $4.374 million with the Hornets before the 2015-2016 season. He has a player option of $2.35 million for 2016-2017, which means he can leave Charlotte and become an unrestricted free agent in the 2016 offseason.
For his sake, Jeremy Lin should opt out this summer and search for a team that has no Kemba Walker, who plays the same role as Lin, and has no Steve Clifford, who does not know how to use Lin or does not trust him enough in the big moments.
And for Jeremy’s Lin’s next team there is no other perfect fit other than the Brooklyn Nets, here are 3 reasons why:
1. The Brooklyn Nets are one of the few teams without a starting point guard. Depending on free agency, others that might need one are the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers. Of those three, the Mavericks may offer Lin a contract but they would prefer to chase a superstar first rather than get a player like Lin.
2. The Brooklyn Nets hired Kenny Atkinson as head coach. Atkinson was with the New York Knicks when “Linsanity” exploded and Lin is a big believer of the mentor when asked about the Nets’ new coach.
3. The Brooklyn Nets need another star alongside Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young and Lin could be that guy. The Nets are in rebuilding mode but this is where Lin has a chance to prove that he can be more than a role player for any NBA team. With Brooklyn, he won’t have to share minutes with the likes of James Harden when he was with the Houston Rockets and Walker this year with the Hornets. The two ball-dominant guards simply aren’t good fit with Lin, who is also effective with the ball.
Should Jeremy Lin remain loyal to Charlotte? Or should Jeremy Lin start thinking about his career and what’s best for him to realize his potential and move to another NBA team?
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