Jeremy Lin has found an ideal scenario with the Charlotte Hornets. However, there are question marks over future in Buzz City. With Derrick Rose’s imminent departure, the Chicago Bulls are going to be left without a starting point guard. Is Lin going to replace Rose in Chicago?
This season, Lin is averaging 12.1 points, 3.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game off the bench. His defensive efficiency has made heads turn besides garnering the attention of GMs around the league.
Lin has an opt-out close in the second year of his two-year, $4.2 million contract. Therefore, if the Chicago Bulls or any other team come calling over the summer, Lin could switch teams. Even though the 27-year-old has reiterated his intention to stick with Charlotte, a starting job with a high-profile team could sway his decision over the summer.
At this stage of the season, Lin has outshone Derrick Rose. Lin has a PER of 15.04 from 26 minutes per game while Rose has a PER of 10.94 from 33 minutes per game. Lin, boasting of a humongous fanbase, would also help Chicago Bulls with the marketability factor.
Jeremy Lin trade unlikely
The Charlotte Hornets are unlikely to trade Lin ahead of the February deadline. Prior to their seven-game losing streak, Hornets emerged as a top-tier team in the East thanks largely to the bench production, led by Jeremy Lin. Also, coach Steve Clifford is extremely pleased with Lin’s positive attitude and solid work ethic. Even Michael Jordan, the Hornets owner, has appreciated Lin’s value to the team.
As a free agent last summer, Lin entertained options of joining one of six different teams interested in acquiring his services. He chose Charlotte Hornets for a variety of reasons. “Of all the final options (I had during free agency), I felt very confident in Charlotte, I’m just happy to be here. When the free agency time came around, we (my agent and family) had done a lot of homework and research before that to see what the potential best fits were,” Jeremy Lin told Xinhua recently.