With a disappointing end to their season, Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is now expected to join the list of free agents this summer as the Asian-American guard is pegged to opt out of his current contract with the team.
Lin signed a two-year deal worth $4.374 million with the Hornets before the start of the 2015-2016 season and he has a “player option” for the 2016-2016 season. Being one of the top reserve players in the regular season and playoffs this year, Lin is expected to explore free agency again just like last summer and search for a team where he can be maximized and used properly.
Lin’s first stint with the Hornets has been up and down, mainly to an inconsistent role within Steve Clifford’s rotation. He was one of the primary scorers off the bench in Charlotte but there were times when Clifford did not give him consistent minutes and this could play a role in Lin’s decision to stay with Charlotte or explore free agency this summer.
Jeremy Lin had a good first round series, particularly leading the team in Games 3 to 5 when the Hornets won three straight and grabbed the 3-2 s lead in the best-of-seven series. However, Game 6 and 7 were a different story for Lin, who shot 1 of 8 from the floor in the probable close out game in Charlotte and was again non-existent in the final game of the series.
The Heat won 106-73 in Game 7 and won via an expected blowout as the Hornets completed their collapse failing to finish off the Heat in two chances this series.
With the embarrassing ending this season, Jeremy Lin will be forced to look at his options and that includes him exploring free agency and leaving the Hornets this summer.