The Brooklyn Nets waived point guard Jarrett Jack on Thursday, leaving the team without a point guard on their roster. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Nets are “aggressively” pursuing free agent Jeremy Lin.
The Nets were hoping that they will be able to trade Jack before Thursday, but they did not receive an offer they liked. They ended up waiving the 32-year-old guard, who is still recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee suffered last season.
According to CBS Sports, the Brooklyn front office is making a “hard-sell” to Jeremy Lin. The 27-year-old guard is looking for a long-term deal and the Nets have the money to sign him. They can also give him the starting point guard spot that will surely make him happy.
During his tour of China, Lin revealed the factors that he will consider in making his free agency decision. He insisted that happiness is the most important factor but also pointed out five more.
“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 checks out the five of the six things Lin requires a team to have. Head coach Kenny Atkinson is close to him, he fits perfectly with Brook Lopez as a pick-and-roll tandem, he will be a starter, and he can build the Jeremy Lin brand in Brooklyn. The only turn off for the Nets is they are not a playoff team.
Even though the Nets are also interested in Rajon Rondo, Lin is a much better option for them. They are turning a new page as they have a new general manager and head coach. They also have a lot of work to do but signing Jeremy Lin to a contract is a good step towards the right direction.
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