Rumors and speculations are now circulating around Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin who is expected to opt out of the Hornets’ contract and possibly play for another franchise next season.
Based on a previous report, Lin signed a two-year deal worth $4.374 million with the Hornets before the start of the 2015-16 season and he has a player option for the 2016-17 season. This means that there is a possibility that Lin could explore the free agency market and search for a team where can be maximized and used properly.
Jeremy Lin has not given any details yet about the team where he is heading but based on a report, Lin fueled the rumors about him leaving the Charlotte Hornets when he praised Brooklyn Nets new head coach Kenny Atkinson in an interview with the New York Post. Some says that his could be a sign that Lin will be playing for the Nets next season.
“When I wasn’t playing much, we were working out before practice, and after practice, he was picking apart my game, teaching me what it’s like to play in Coach D’Antoni’s system,” Lin said.
Atkinson was credited for the emergence of ‘Linsanity’ where Lin started from being a back up player to becoming one of the starters for the New York Knicks in 2012. He was considered one of the person behind Lin’s success in his basketball career.
Jeremy Lin’s performance this season was undeniably better than when he was with the other teams. However, Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford was not giving enough minutes to the 27-year old guard resulting for him not to show off his full potential. Lin might be looking for another team and coach that can give him specific role and enough playing time.
The deep connection between Lin and Atkinson can be a factor into what team Lin would be heading in the next season. Atkinson could give Lin enough playing time in the Brooklyn Nets knowing that he perfectly knows how to use him in a game.
Jeremy Lin can also be a good combination with Brooklyn Nets big men Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young since he used to be a pass-first point guard. Also, the Nets can acquire another superstar in the free agency market to give boost to their line up since Lin will not be demanding a high salary.
However, until Lin confirms the details of his ‘new team’ next season, lots of suitors will surely be making their ways in order to get the service of the Asian-American guard to play for their team.
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