Jeremy Lin is one of the best available point guards in the 2016 free agency that will start on July 1. According to the latest NBA rumors, Lin is open to a return in New York but the Knicks recently traded for Derrick Rose.
The 27-year-old guard opted out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets to officially become an unrestricted free agent for the second time in as many years. He played great as a sixth man for the Hornets last season and he certainly earned a big raise this summer.
Lin was in China as part of his tour of Asia and he made an appearance at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin. He was asked about his plans for free agency and if he is interested in re-joining the Knicks.
“It’s not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick Rose. But I will say that ever since I left, I’ve always been open to going back and I still am,” Lin answered.
“Never say never, that’s the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I’ve always been open, but right now, I’m not sure if it’s the best timing. But if it happens, it happens,” he added.
The Harvard product also mentioned that he wants to find a home that will make good use of his prime years. He has insisted in previous interviews that he would like to be a starter for his next team and it might not be a good time to return to New York with Rose already at the point.
However, Maxwell Ogden of Daily Knicks noted in his report that Jeremy Lin is the perfect backup point guard for Derrick Rose. He pointed out the injury history of the 2011 MVP and the Knicks need to be smart in having a great backup.
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