Jeremy Lin officially opted out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets last Thursday to become an unrestricted free agent for the second straight offseason. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Hornets will be joined by three other teams on July 1 as they meet with Lin and his representatives.
Chris Broussard of ESPN reported on Monday that the Hornets are worried that they will lose Lin this summer. They don’t own his Bird Rights and they also need to re-sign Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams. More importantly, there are three teams that will try to convince Lin to leave Charlotte.
Broussard did not reveal the names of the three teams but JLin Portal speculates that they are the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Chicago Bulls. The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks could also be one of the three teams. Lin revealed at a charitable event in Shanghai last week that he will consider several factors in his decision.
“For me, the most important thing is that I want to be happy. There are a lot of factors to take into account, such as the coaching staff, style of play, be a starter or not, whether the team is strong, and the city located. Most of all, I have to be very happy,” Lin said, as translated by Popo Chung.
The Nets are in a good position to sign Lin with head coach Kenny Anderson having a good relationship with him. They also have the money to offer him and most importantly, he will be the starting point guard for them.
It’s also the same scenario with the Sixers and Bulls, but he’ll have a better chance of winning in Chicago. On the other hand, the Rockets have Mike D’Antoni who unleashed “Linsanity” in New York in 2012 while the Mavericks possessed the one best tactician in basketball, Rick Carlisle.
The meeting with the Hornets and three other teams will be held on July 1 at Lin’s hometown of Palo Alto, California. Where do you think will Jeremy Lin sign up with? Will he return to Charlotte? In Houston? Leave your comments below.
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