Jeremy Lin is expected to opt out of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets and become a free agent this offseason. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Lin is torn between staying with the Hornets and joining the Brooklyn Nets.
According to SB Nation, Lin is happy in Charlotte, where he established himself as a quality scorer off the Hornets bench. The 27-year-old guard finished seventh in the Sixth Man of the Year voting when he averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season while only starting in 13 games.
He has been mum on his future plans because he doesn’t want to disrespect the Hornets organization in the middle of a playoff series. In an interview with the New York Times, Lin mentioned that he is really comfortable in his situation in Charlotte.
“I think I’m just in a different place, mentally, spiritually, where I’m able to enjoy this job more and more. The lows don’t affect me the way they used to anymore,” Lin said.
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As mentioned in a previous report, Lin has so much praise for newly-hired Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson. The Hornets point guard credits Atkinson for helping him during the “Linsanity” period with the New York Knicks in 2012.
“When you’re around him [Atkinson], you kind of understand there’s something different about him: his energy, his passion, the juice he approaches his work with. He doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He’s always the first one in, and I’m saying first one in by, like, hours,” Lin told the Times.
It has fueled the rumors that the Harvard alum is planning to join his former assistant coach in Brooklyn. The Nets tried to sign Jeremy Lin last offseason by offering him a multi-year deal but opted for a two-year contract with the Hornets.
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