NBA Free Agency: Jeremy Lin going elsewhere? declines player option and enter free agency market

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It’s the buzz of the NBA. Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin will decline his $2.2 million player option to stay with the Charlotte Hornets and instead enter the free agency markets as an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The 27-years-old point guard has signed a two-year, $4.4 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets last summer with a player option for the 2016–17 season. At Hornets, Lin has made an impressive 2015-2016 season, averaging 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in his 26.3 minutes played per game.

Reports said that Lin’s latest season could yield him an even bigger paycheck in free agency markets, and there’s some saying that won’t come from his current team, the Charlotte Hornets. A possible reunion with former team, the New York Knicks, won’t happen, as reports said that the Knick were not interested in re-signing Jeremy Lin, who played for Knicks for the 2011-2012 season.

The Hornets point guard has seen an active market since he first broke out in the NBA in 2011 with the Golden State Warriors. From the Golden State Warriors, he was released by the Warriors, and went with the Houston Rockets, was released by the Rockets, signed with the New York Knicks, was sent to the D-League, was recalled by the Knicks (cue Linsanity), and then signed with the Rockets again, was traded by the Rockets to the Lakers and finally signed with the Hornets.

Lin now faces a tough decision return to Charlotte Hornets or head for another team. Interestingly, the Houston Rockets with their newly installed coach Mike D’Antoni (who was Lin’s coach in New York) has been rumored to be interested in a reunion. The former Knicks coach has been the main architect of the free-wheeling system in New York Knicks that helped catch Linsanity on fire and transform him into a big name.

Fans will learn more about Jeremy Lin’s next free market destination when the free agency starts, and while the Hornets point guard may not hold the No. 1 option for most NBA teams, Lin will likely be fielding some few good offers on the table.

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