Jeremy Lin can’t catch a break. The point guard has represented four different teams – New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets – since 2010. Just as Lin starts to find his feet with Hornets, the rumor mill is at it again, hinting at a possible move to Chicago Bulls.
Is there any truth to this rumor?
When Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, called Lin “the biggest off-season acquisition”, he wasn’t talking solely from a basketball standpoint. Lin attracts a huge fan base and a lot of eyeballs. Lin is already Hornets’ top merchandise seller and one of the primary reasons for high TV ratings.
Jeremy Lin is a pretty good basketball player too. In the six games thus far, Lin has averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds in a little over 22 minutes per game. Now those are pretty good numbers when you consider that he’s playing behind a high usage rate point guard like Kemba Walker.
While Lin is still fighting for minutes off the bench, he seems to have found a camaraderie with his Hornets teammates. “We understand that it’s a long year and you gotta have fun,” Lin told CBS Sports in an interview Sunday. “We want to develop something where we are really close with each other on the court and off the court. That’s why we spend a lot of time together and why you see us having a lot of fun and joking around. We really want this to be a great experience,” added Lin.
Lin went on to state that the low-key atmosphere in North Carolina, especially when compared to big markets such as LA, Houston and New York, has liberated him. “(Charlotte) wants me to go play my game. That’s liberating in a lot of ways,” said Lin.
On paper, it’s difficult to assume why Steven Clifford, the Hornets coach, or Jordan, would let Lin walk. They’ve had nothing but pleasant things to say about him, and Lin’s efficient play on the court has warranted nothing but praise. Lin has also vastly improved his defensive acumen, averaging nearly a block and a steal from the first six games. According to the Christian Post, the Bulls are discussing a trade with Hornets that would feature a direct swap between Kirk Hinrich and Lin.