Jeremy Lin is one of the top free agent point guards this offseason when he opts out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Hornets may not even offer Lin a new deal and he could end up signing with the Brooklyn Nets.
As mentioned in a previous report, Charlotte’s main priority this summer is to re-sign Nicolas Batum and deal with the rest of their free agents later. On the other hand, Lin has stated his desire to stay with the Hornets and he is open to taking a discount.
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Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News reported on Sunday that many are expecting the Hornets will not re-sign Lin this offseason. He added that the 27-year-old guard will likely return to New York but with the Nets and join ex-Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson.
“With the Hornets not expected to try to retain Lin, he could make his way back to New York, this time to resume his career with Atkinson in Brooklyn,” Lawrence wrote.
Lin praised Atkinson earlier this year for his work, as well as helping him bring “Linsanity” to the Knicks in 2012. The Nets have the money to offer Lin and a possible starting job since Jarrett Jack is still recovering from knee injury.
The Nets are not the only team linked with Lin this offseason as the Mike D’Antoni may be looking to sign him and play again for the Houston Rockets. However, it should be noted that Lin was very unhappy playing in Houston but D’Antoni was also responsible for his breakout in New York.
Nonetheless, these are all just rumors at the moment and many teams will go after Lin. SB Nation ranked him the third-best free agent point guard behind Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo. He only made $2.1 million this season but expect that salary to rise as much as $10 million.
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