Jeremy Lin is the newest starting point guard of the Brooklyn Nets after signing a three-year deal this offseason. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Lin almost signed with the New Orleans Pelicans in the summer.
The 27-year-old point guard was coming off a great season with the Charlotte Hornets wherein he finished seventh in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. Lin was looking to get paid plus the opportunity to be a starter.
The Nets gave Jeremy Lin a three-year, $36 million contract but they were not the only team hoping to bring “Linsanity” to their city. According to Mike Mazzeo of ESPN, the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans were also interested in the Harvard alum.
The talk between Rockets and Lin’s camp never progressed but the Asian-American guard was intrigued by the chance of playing alongside Anthony Davis in New Orleans. However, the Pelicans were not willing to commit the same deal as the Nets.
Jeremy Lin ended up signing with the Brooklyn Nets and he was immediately named the team’s starting point guard. It was also somewhat like a homecoming for Lin since his best season was played in the neighborhood of the New York Knicks.
“This is where I want to be. I feel this is the best place for me to become the player I think I can become. I want to see how good I can become and be a big part of an organization, and that’s what they gave me here,” Lin told Mazzeo.
If Jeremy Lin ended up signing with the Pelicans, he would have earned the starting point guard spot with Jrue Holiday out for a long period to tend to his wife. However, he will surely come off the bench when Holiday comes back.
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