NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin torn between Charlotte and Brooklyn in free agency?

NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin torn between Charlotte and Brooklyn in free agency?

Jeremy Lin is expected to opt out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets and become a free agent this offseason. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Lin is torn between staying with the Hornets and joining the Brooklyn Nets.

According to SB Nation, Lin is happy in Charlotte, where he established himself as a quality scorer off the Hornets bench. The 27-year-old guard finished seventh in the Sixth Man of the Year voting when he averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season while only starting in 13 games.

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He has been mum on his future plans because he doesn’t want to disrespect the Hornets organization in the middle of a playoff series. In an interview with the New York Times, Lin mentioned that he is really comfortable in his situation in Charlotte.

“I think I’m just in a different place, mentally, spiritually, where I’m able to enjoy this job more and more. The lows don’t affect me the way they used to anymore,” Lin said.

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As mentioned in a previous report, Lin has so much praise for newly-hired Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson. The Hornets point guard credits Atkinson for helping him during the “Linsanity” period with the New York Knicks in 2012.

“When you’re around him [Atkinson], you kind of understand there’s something different about him: his energy, his passion, the juice he approaches his work with. He doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He’s always the first one in, and I’m saying first one in by, like, hours,” Lin told the Times.

It has fueled the rumors that the Harvard alum is planning to join his former assistant coach in Brooklyn. The Nets tried to sign Jeremy Lin last offseason by offering him a multi-year deal but opted for a two-year contract with the Hornets.

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  • Jorge

    I can understand the situation Lin is into right now. He just happens to be not as greedy and materialistic as other players. Now that he’s becoming free agent and Nets most likely would get him, even Coach Clifford now praises Lin commending his great defense which Clifford never did before. The praise and appreciation from the coach could have come a bit late, but it’s still nice to hear especially on Lin’s behalf who really deserves such recognition. Also, we can see that his teammates all like him. In fact, many are undergoing bible study with Lin. This is great. God uses Lin as instrument in bringing back souls to Him. An example is Jefferson who’s not a perfect person with not so positive background; but now he’s even the one suggesting to Lin to continue with the bible sharing. If you place some spirituality in the game, that could be of great help especially in times of crisis. Faith moves mountain.

  • plansmaker

    Lin will always be a role player in Hornets, a backup to Kemba.Walker. To go after a starting job is a natural progression for Jeremy Lin. Clifford with blessing of Jordan, kept Jeremy as leader of second unit. This strategy worked in regular season but Play-off games are very different animal. This is why Miami Heat are steam rolling Jordan’s Hornets.2-0 advantage. If something don’t change in Clifford’s mindset, The Charlotte Hornets will be swept out in the first round playoffs.