Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Indiana Pacers who are reportedly targeting Jeremy Lin if they failed to get Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls via trade.
After the Indiana Pacers failed to enter the second round of the playoffs, they are now undergoing a rebuilding process to set up a better team next season. The process started when Pacers’ president Larry Bird decided not to renew coach Frank Vogel’s contract and look for a new head coach that can execute his preferred system for the team. Bird wants a ‘small ball’ offensive strategy and he thinks that Nate Millan is the right person for the vacant position.
With this, the Pacers are now looking for a legitimate point guard in order for the system to be more effective. According to Hoops Rumors, Bird and company will be trying to explore the trading block to acquire Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. This involves George Hill and 2016 NBA draft pick to acquire the Bulls’ point guard. However, it is not practical to pursue the deal since they will be needing to overpay him for one season before his contract runs out. Also, their offer might not be enough for the Bulls to agree with the deal.
Another option for the Pacers is to explore the free agency market. Though there are limited numbers of point guards, if they are already starting to make their moves, there is a higher possibility that they can get either Jeremy Lin or Mike Conley.
Jeremy Lin has been the center of rumors after his outstanding performance with the Charlotte Hornets. However, the minutes given to him by coach Steve Clifford were not enough to unleash his full potential. Coach Nate Millan can bring the most out of him if they succeed in getting him in free agency.
Jeremy Lin can be a good fit with Pacers’ fast-paced offense and can be a good tandem with Paul George. However, when he enters the free agency market, there will surely be many teams that will be lining up to get his service. The Pacers should give Lin the best reason, why he should sign and play for them in the next season.
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