Jeremy Lin to Chicago Bulls Imminent? ‘Linsanity’ Could Replace D-Rose in Windy City
Jeremy Lin will become a free agent in July and it is interesting to see where Linsanity will end up this summer. While he is not among the top NBA free agents this summer, Lin is expected to draw the attention of teams looking for backcourt help for the 2016-17 season.Advertisement
Lin signed a two-year deal worth $4.37 million with the Charlotte Hornets last summer. The high-energy guard did not disappoint, as he averaged 11.7 points to go along with 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assist in 78 games. Linsanity also helped the Hornets reach one of their best regular-season finishes in franchise history.
Lin has already declared that he will opt out of the second year of his deal with the Hornets, Yahoo Sports reported. There are several teams that are expected to chase the former Harvard University standout, and the Jeremy Lin to Chicago Bulls scenario is brewing as of late.
Previous Jeremy Lin free agency updates indicated that Lin could end up in Chicago if the Bulls decide to part ways with superstar point guard Derrick Rose. The Bulls already ended ties with the former NBA Valuable Player, who was traded to the New York Knicks along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.
Rose’s departure opened up spots for free agent point guards, including Lin. They acquired point guards Calderon and Grant in the Rose trade, but it is unlikely that the Bulls will roll the dice with the two playmakers, ESPN reported. Calderon does not look like a good fit, while Grant is still inconsistent despite having a strong rookie season.
Lin is not lined up among the elite point guards in the league but could be an upgrade over Calderon and Grant. The six-year veteran said that he wants to start and earn more playing time next season, which are wishes that he can get if he winds up in Chicago.
Aside from the Bulls, Lin is also being linked to the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. The 27-year-old also made it no secret that he is open to returning to the Hornets, saying that his stint in Charlotte is the happiest and the most enjoyable season of his career.