NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin returning to New York Knicks via free agency?

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Apr 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Lin is set to become a free agent this upcoming offseason if he opts out of his current deal with the Charlotte Hornets. According to the latest NBA rumors, Lin will get more money by testing the free agent market and a return to the New York Knicks is a possibility.

Marc Berman of the New York Post he mentioned in his report about the Knicks potential free agency targets that includes the 27-year-old guard. The Knicks are missing a point guard and Lin is reportedly interested in making a return to the Big Apple.

“Point guard Jeremy Lin signed for bargain-basement wages last summer and had a nice season, improving his 3-point shot and growing a ponytail. ‘Linsanity’ would love a New York return — even if Anthony wouldn’t. The Knicks didn’t chase him last summer, but their point guard needs are severe,” Berman wrote.

The Harvard alum became famous for his breakout performance with the Knicks in 2012. He captivated the largest market in the NBA with fans dubbing it as “Linsanity.” However, Lin was not re-signed by the Knicks and ended up playing with the Houston Rockets then to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lin signed with Charlotte this offseason as he tried to establish back his value. He is having quite a season as he is one of the leading candidates for Sixth Man of the Year. He averages 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season and helped the Hornets qualify for the 2016 NBA playoffs.

If the Knicks go with a different point guard in free agency, the other team based in New York may sign the Asian American guard. As mentioned in a previous report, the Brooklyn Nets may also have the interest in bringing Lin this offseason as new head coach Kenny Atkinson is attributed in the making of “Linsanity.”

But before Jeremy Lin can think about his future, he has to help the Hornets in their first round series matchup against the Miami Heat. If Lin plays well this postseason, his value increases which mean more money in free agency.

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