Jeremy Lin will become a free agent in July after the veteran playmaker opted out of the final season of his contract with the Charlotte Hornets. The Jeremy Lin to New York Knicks scenario has been brewing as of late, but the former Harvard University standout could eventually end up with the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks recently hired Jeff Hornacek as their new coach, fueling speculations the former Phoenix Suns coach could make a run at Lin. The 27-year-old is tailor-made for Hornacek’s up-tempo system, but Basketball Insiders reported the Jeremy Lin to New York Knicks scenario is unlikely to happen.
According to the report, while fans have shown love to Lin and are still hoping for Linsanity 2, the California native might not entertain the idea of returning to the Knicks because of “burnt bridges” between his camp and the organization. In turn, Lin could sign with the Nets instead because of new Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson.
Atkinson signed a deal with the Nets in April after serving as assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks for four years. But before his stint with the Hawks, Atkinson worked with Lin during their time together with the Knicks in 2012.
In an interview earlier this year, Lin credited Atkinson for his breakout season in New York four years ago. The six-year veteran said the new Nets coach played a big role in his development and his string of impressive performances with the Knicks during the 2011-12 NBA season.
“I mean this guy wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning,” Lin told New York Daily News. “I’ll text after a game at midnight, 1 o’clock when I go home and I’ll say, ‘Hey can I look at those turnovers. Can I look at the upcoming team? How they run pick and rolls?’ And he’ll have the film ready when I walk into the facility the next morning.”
Jarrett Jack and Shane Larkin have live contracts with Brooklyn, but the Nets are expected to look for a playmaker this offseason to improve their point guard depth. But if they decide to chase Lin, the Nets will face strong competition, as the Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets were also mentioned among his likely landing spots.