Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Charlotte Hornets regarding their plan in the off-season where they will be having five players who will become free agents, including Jeremy Lin.
The Charlotte Hornets are about to make a critical decision in the off-season since five of their players, including Nic Batum, Marvin Williams, Courtney Lee, Jeremy Lin and Al Jefferson, will become free agents. The soon-to-be free agents have become part of the team that led them in the Eastern Conference playoffs. As much as they want to re-sign all five players, they will be facing a problem regarding their salary cap.
Among the Hornets’ free agents, Jeremy Lin is expected to leave the team during off-season. Lin signed a two-year deal worth $4.374 million with the Hornets before the start of the 2015-16 NBA season and he has a ‘player option’ for the 2016-17 NBA season. This means that he can explore the free agency market and play for another franchise next season.
According to Bobby Marks of The Vertical, if the Hornets would want to re-sign Lin, they should bring back Batum for $20 million and Jefferson for $10 million. However, there wouldn’t be enough cap space for Lee and Williams and the Hornets will surely not let their two starters go.
With this, the Hornets should be planning ahead their future if they still want to be a competitive team next season. It is undeniable that Lin is the only player in the Hornets roster that can be considered the best back up point guard for Kemba Walker and Courtney Lee.
However, since the Hornets own all their first-round picks, they can search for a new point guard who will replace Jeremy Lin once he leaves during the off-season. According to Hoops Hype, Jamal Murray and Kris Dunn are among the top point guards that will be taking part in the 2016 NBA draft.
Once Jeremy Lin enter the free agency market, there will surely be lots of suitors that will be lining up in order to get the service of the Asian-American guard. Leading up to July 1, there is a higher possibility that Lin will be wearing a different jersey next season.
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