Is Jeremy Lin Returning To New York Knicks?
Is Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin returning to the New York Knicks next season? With New York desperately looking for an upgrade at the point guard position, Lin will be pursued by the team in free agency, per league sources.Advertisement
Lin, who owns a player option in the second year of his $4.4 million contract, will decline it, so he can join the free agency class of 2016-17 in July. Since the Hornets don’t own his Bird Rights, they will be forced to go over the cap to sign him to a lucrative deal, unless Lin decides to take another pay cut and sign a mid-level exception.
Having fun in Charlotte…
Though Lin has thrived as a back-up to Kemba Walker, pundits around the league reckon the Harvard graduate has more to offer. “I am having a lot of fun where I am at,” Jeremy Lin told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday. “I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. I just don’t want to let free agency affect my focus. I haven’t spoken about it, I am not thinking about it and I just want to ride this one out. This is a special season for me.”
No doubt it has been a “special season” for Lin. Though his season averages of 11.8 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds don’t paint an accurate picture, the point guard has contributed to a number of Hornets wins with stellar play on both ends of the floor. After dropping 29 points against San Antonio on Monday, Lin followed it up with another 21 against Brooklyn a night later.
Return of Linsanity?
According to Ohm Youngmisuk, Lin could consider returning to New York if offered a bigger role. During the 2011-12 season, Lin ushered in the Linsanity Era when he averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds, helping New York to their best season in over a decade.
Will Jeremy Lin re-sign with Charlotte or head back to New York?