Jeremy Lin, who has become one of the most reliable bench players this season, could turn into a hot commodity on the trading market with less than 48 hours to go before the trade deadline officially closes.
There’s no denying the spotlight will be on the trades involving All-Star players over the next couple of days. However, there are also transactions, while lacking the starpower, wind up as better deals in the end.
Lin, averaging at least 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes per game for the Charlotte Hornets this season, is one of those under-radar trade targets contenders are always looking for.
While there isn’t anything spectacular in his production statistically-wise, Lin is a type of player that makes a team a lot better because of the stability he provides off the bench.
Through the first half of the season, the former Harvard standout has become more than a backup for starting point guard Kemba Walker as he has also assumed defensive assignments against taller playmakers.
Lin’s versatility is one of the big reasons why the Hornets are still in contention for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. It’s unlikely Charlotte would consider trading the point guard at this point of their campaign, unless they receive an enticing offer.
Apart from his solid numbers, Lin’s cheap contract worth $4.3 million over two seasons (with a player option for the second year) rules out any cap complication, should a team try to acquire him via trade.
The Houston Rockets, who were previously mentioned by Howard Beck of Bleacher Report as possible destination for Lin last summer, are rumored as one of three teams showing interested to trade for Lin. The two other teams are the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks.
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