Looking for NBA trade deadline deals this season? Could Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin be among the players before Thursday?
Here are 3 reasons why Jeremy Lin won’t be part of any trade deals this season:
1. Jeremy Lin is one of the best players coming off the bench in the 2015-2016 Season
Lin’s play has put him in a position to be one of the contenders for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. In 50 games for Charlotte, starting in 11 appearances, he has averages of 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26.9 minutes per game.
Lin’s numbers have been consistent with his stats the last few years in the NBA with stints for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.
With the Hornets, he serves as a back up to star point guard Kemba Walker and many times also plays alongside Walker as a combo guard.
Lin is the leading scorer for the Hornets among all players who are coming off the bench and is the third leading scorer behind Walker and Nicolas Batum with the injuries to Al Jefferson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
His play this season has put him among the contenders for the sixth man award along with the likes of Enes Kanter (Oklahoma City Thunder), Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans), Will Barton (Denver Nuggets) and Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic).
2. Jeremy Lin has one of the cheapest contracts in the NBA
The Charlotte Hornets acquired Lin in the 2015 offseason signing the Asian-American guard to a $4.374 million contract for two years.
The deal will pay Lin $2.139 million in 2015-2016 and $2.235 million in 2016-2017. However, Lin has a player “option” for next season, which means he can leave Charlotte and join another NBA squad via free agency.
With a cheap and friendly contract, it does not make sense for Hornets to give up Lin this season.
3. Jeremy Lin’s Hair and fan base
Jeremy Lin’s hair has made the headlines this season with the Asian-American guard sporting a different look at different parts of the season. Lin is also one of the most popular players in the league with the Hornets maximizing his marketing potential for the Michael Jordan-owned team.
Should Jeremy Lin move to another NBA team for a better career? Would the Hornets deal him before Feb.18, the NBA’s trade deadline?
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