The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly one step closer to bringing Linsanity 2 to their team. There has been plenty of speculation that the Nets and Jeremy Lin have ‘mutual interest’ in the nearing free agency. This was mostly speculated with the strong bond between the Asian-American guard and coach Kenny Atkinson.
After the Charlotte Hornets ended the postseason, there were rumors that Jeremy Lin will be opting out his contract and explore the free agency market. Even Lin feels the opposite way, the Hornets revealed that their main priority this summer is to bring back Nic Batum and Marvin Williams.
Jeremy Lin can be considered one of the best backup point guards in the league. Many have predicted that the 2016-17 NBA season could be the time for Lin to have a starting role. Also, the 27-year-old guard said in the World Economic Forum that he wanted to look for a team that he can call his home.
“I’ve played six years in the NBA,” Lin said at the World Economic Forum this past weekend. “I’ve played on five different teams. I’ve played for two D-League teams — so seven cities in six years. I’m tired of boxes, I’m tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home.”
Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Nets are looking for a quality point guard who can work side by side with their center Brook Lopez. There is a strong belief that coach Kenny Atkinson would love to bring Linsanity to the Nets. Recalling in 2012, Atkinson was the man behind the creation of Linsanity in the New York Knicks.
An energetic and pass-first point guard like Jeremy Lin could be what the Brooklyn Nets really need. Lin may not be comparable to other superstar guards in the league, but with the guidance of coach Kenny Atkinson, who knows what he is still capable of doing.
“I want to see how good I can become,” Lin said. “I’m 27, and an athlete’s prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That’s when you kind of peak physically [and] mentally and that’s where most players perform their best. So I’m going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that’s my purpose in free agency — so I’ll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me.”
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insider, the Brooklyn Nets are also interested in free agents Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings, Jamal Crawford and Al Horford.
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