NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin may replace Jamal Crawford as Clippers sixth man

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The Los Angeles Clippers have a lot of thinking to do this offseason following another unfortunate exit in the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs. The Clippers have six unrestricted free agents including reigning Sixth Man of the Year, Jamal Crawford.

According to the latest NBA rumors, the Clippers may be interested in signing Lin this summer and have him replace Crawford as the team’s number one option off the bench. He had a good season with the Charlotte Hornets as he finished seventh in the Sixth Man of the Year voting.

Tom West of Clipperholics suggested that the Clippers need to sign a player like Jeremy Lin just in case Crawford, Austin Rivers and Pablo Prigioni leaves town. Besides Lin, West also mentioned other free agent guards the Clippers can sign like D.J. Augustin, Matthew Dellavedova, Ish Smith and Mo Williams.

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Nonetheless, the 36-year-old Crawford is happy to stay in Los Angeles. He told The Vertical that he feels at home in Hollywood and he considers the Clippers as his family.

“I know my role, I respect my role, I respect my teammates. I don’t like change, so I’m very, very comfortable here, and I’d love to stay here further,” Crawford said.

On the other hand, it is expected that Lin will opt out of his contract with the Hornets but he has expressed his desire to stay in the Queen City. He told the Charlotte Observer, that he is very happy playing in Charlotte and is willing to take a pay cut to remain with the team.

“I don’t like moving every year. I don’t like packing and unpacking boxes. So we’ll see. But I’m definitely interested in coming back,” Lin said.

“My biggest thing is I want to have fun and be happy. I’ve been paid on the lower end and had a blast, and I’ve been paid on the higher end and not enjoyed it at all,” he added.

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As for the Clippers pursuit of Lin or the other free agent point guards, nothing has been confirmed. However, one thing is for sure: the Clippers will have limited salary cap space to work with this offseason.

Photo Courtesy: HugoTHornet/Wikimedia

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