Jeremy Lin wants to test the free agency waters this summer. The guard will decline the $2.2 million player option with the Charlotte Hornets for 16-17 season to become a free agent.
Lin is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. After a breakout season with the Hornets, the Asian-American point guard is drawing considerable trade interest from several NBA teams.
After few disappointing series with the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin returned to form and displayed consistent performance in a 2015-16 season with Charlotte. Coming off the bench in Charlotte, Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and three assists in 26.3 minutes a game.
Where will the guard, Jeremy Lin, land in free agency?
The Los Angeles Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks have already shown their interest in the player of Taiwanese origin. The Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets are also linked with the guard. Lin earlier revealed that he is not considering money as the most important factor in this offseason. Experts feel that the 27-year-old guard could be considered as a potential starter, not only a backup guard.
The player also has a huge fan base across the planet and he will keep that in mind before taking a final decision to sign with any team in free agency. The chances of a reunion with the Knicks have faded recently as the new head coach of the team, Jeff Hornacek, will not bury the triangle offense totally, as reported by the Sports Rageous on Monday.
According to Matt Moore of the CBS Sports, Lin is the second best backup guard available in the market now and shall draw lucrative offers in the free agency.
“You can trust Lin with the ball. Defensively, he has physical limitations, but he also will dig down and disrupt handles and passing lanes. He plays well in a team concept and by all accounts is coachable. Lin is terrific value in this market and the second-best backup point guard available. If you wind up with Lin starting, your offense is going to survive”; analyzed Moore.
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