Jeremy Lin is set to become a free agent once he opts out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets at the end of the season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Minnesota Timberwolves will target Lin even though he expressed his interest in signing a long-term deal with the Hornets.
In a report by Kelly Scaletta of Bleacher Report, one of the priorities of new Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau is to find a decent backup point guard. Scalleta mentioned that Lin, as well as Jordan Clarkson or Brandon Jennings, may be the best fit for the Timberwolves.
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Thibodeau has a reputation of making backup point guards into regular contributors in his time with the Chicago Bulls. Some of those backups included D.J. Augustin, Aaron Brooks, John Lucas III, Nate Robinson and C.J. Watson.
Jeremy Lin proved in his first season in Charlotte that he is perfectly comfortable in playing off the bench. He finished seventh in this year’s Sixth Man of the Year voting as he averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while only starting in 13 games.
However, the 27-year-old point guard is very happy with the Hornets even though they failed to make it past the first-round of the 2016 NBA playoffs. Charlotte lost to the Miami Heat in seven games but has something to build upon for next year.
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In an interview with the Charlotte Observer, Lin expressed his desire to take a pay cut to stay with the Hornets. He noted that he does not like moving every year and money will not be an important part of his decision in free agency.
“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.