Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin will become a free agent this summer. While Lin has already expressed desire to stay in Charlotte, it remains to be seen whether or not the Hornets are willing to spend to keep him in Buzz City.
Lin had a solid season this year with the Hornets, generating speculation that he will get quality offers from several teams in the offseason, CBS Sports reported. If the Hornets decide to let go of Lin, here are the free-agent guard’s top five possible destinations.
Jeremy Lin to Chicago Bulls
The Bulls failed to make the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. First-year head coach Fred Hoiberg did not have the perfect pieces to make it work, which could lead to big moves for Chicago this offseason.
Jimmy Butler has been a subject of numerous NBA trade rumors, while Derrick Rose is also making headlines. Butler will likely stay, while Rose may have played his final game in a Bulls uniform. If the Bulls part ways with Rose, Lin could eventually end up in Windy City.
Jeremy Lin to Houston Rockets
Lin was viewed as a vital piece four years ago when he signed with the Rockets but his gamble of moving to Houston from New York did not pay off. He struggled to co-exist with the ball-dominant James Harden, forcing the Rockets to trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014.
Harden is still in Houston but a second stint with the Rockets could work wonders for Lin’s career. Mike D’Antoni, his coach during his Linsanity year in 2012, has taken over in Houston. Plain and simple, D’Antoni could bring out the best in Lin again if they reunite in Houston.
Jeremy Lin to New York Knicks
The New York Knicks need to upgrade their point guard rotation, which was obviously their weakness last season. They need a spark from their guards to provide support to Carmelo Anthony and promising prospect Kristaps Porzingis, who is expected to play bigger role next season.
Lin looks open to returning to the team where he had his breakout year in 2012, knowing that he is well-loved in the city. But will Knicks president Phil Jackson make a run at Lin this summer? It is worth noting the Knicks are reportedly considering trading for Derrick Rose this summer.
Jeremy Lin to Brooklyn Nets
The Nets need all the help they can get this summer. They actually had a chance to get a promising prospect in the 2016 NBA Draft, but they lost their pick to the Boston Celtics. Brooklyn is also an intriguing option for Lin. He will have more room and opportunities to play his game. The six-year veteran is also familiar with new Nets coach Kenny Atkinson, who helped him during his breakout season in New York.
Jeremy Lin to San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs also need fresher and younger legs. While Tony Parker is still playing at a high level, acquiring Lin could benefit the French guard in the long run. Lin could be an effective backup, like Patty Mills, who has been providing huge energy boost on both ends of the floor. But is Lin ready to take this big gamble? Only time will tell.
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