It’s official, Jeremy Lin is part of the Brooklyn Nets and most likely the starter for the Eastern Conference franchise. Was this a good decision for the Asian-American guard in 2016 free agency?
According to reports early Friday, Lin has signed a $36 million deal over three years with the Nets. This will pay the NBA journeyman $12 million per year over the next three seasons.
Reliable NBA source Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first reported Lin’s signing on Twitter:
Sources: Jeremy Lin's deal with the Nets: three-years, $36M
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1, 2016
Jeremy Lin is coming off a great season with the Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 78 regular season games and 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
The good or bad decision for Jeremy Lin joining the Nets?
Earlier in the offseason, Lin stated that he is not prioritizing money in 2016 free agency. He stated that his role with the team will be a big factor in his decision-making. In Brooklyn, he got a nice deal and also becomes the immediate starting point guard for a team that struggled in previous seasons.
Lin’s competition for the starting PG role in Brooklyn is easy. The point guards currently on the roster are Shane Larkin and Donald Sloan, two backup quality guards in the league.
Lin will also be reunited with Kenny Atkinson, who is now the head coach of the Nets. Atkinson was an assistant with the New York Knicks, where “Linsanity” first exploded.
However, some fans wanted Lin to join a title contender to give him a shot of winning the NBA championship. The Nets still need a lot of improvement to do if they want to make the playoffs in the weak Eastern Conference.
Was signing with the Brooklyn Nets a good career decision for Jeremy Lin?