Jeremy Lin will become a free agent in July and is expected field offers from several teams, including the San Antonio Spurs. When he makes his decision next month, Lin hinted that money will not be the biggest factor.
According to Taipei Times, San Antonio could make a run at signing Lin when the free agency period begins. However, the Spurs will be facing stiff competition, as the report also mentioned the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers as potential suitors.
Lin, who opted out of the second season of his two-year contract worth $4.37 million, that he will consider all options this summer. He quickly added, though, he will sign with a team where he thinks he will enjoy playing basketball like the way he did in his first — and could be his lone season — in Charlotte.
“To me, the most important thing as a free agent is that I am happy when I play basketball or show up for work,” Lin said, when ask about free agency. “I was happy last year, but I was not particularly happy for the first five years.”
Jeremy Lin Wants More Minutes, Starting Role
Lin had a solid season for the Hornets this year, as he averaged 11.7 points on top of 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The 27-year-old point made impact in Charlotte, but he only started in 13 of 78 regular-season matches.
The former Harvard University standout, who played 26.3 minutes per game last season, said that he will also take into consideration the role and playing minutes he could get before signing a new deal.
“I am going to consider who is coaching the team, the team’s style, the players on the team and their chance of winning, as well as the on-court time I have and if I have a chance to start,” Lin continued.
In the event the Spurs make a run at Lin, it is highly unlikely they will offer a starting role since they already have Tony Parker and Danny Green manning the backcourt. If he returns to the Hornets, the California native is expected to have the same role, providing firepower off the bench.
Recent reports tagged the Rockets as ideal landing spot for Lin after Houston named Mike D’Antoni as head coach. Bleacher Report revealed the Rockets have the “inside track” in the race to sign Lin because of D’Antoni, who coached the six-year veteran during his breakout year with the New York Knicks in 2012.