The Brooklyn Nets hit two birds with one stone when they signed Jeremy Lin earlier this month. The team not only acquired a franchise cornerstone, but also a future free agent recruiter.
The Nets were very assertive in the first few weeks of free agency. They had an enormous amount of cap space to sign a marquee free agent. Nets general manager Sean Marks went all out on Lin and offered him a three-year, $36 million deal, as per Fox Sports.
In a recent interview with New York Post, Lin stated that he won’t try to recreate “Linsanity” in Brooklyn. He just wants to work hard and focus on the next chapter of his NBA journey.
He also said the Nets need its fans now more than ever. The team’s new core of young players is eager to show fans a brand of basketball they haven’t seen in a long while. It can be remembered that the Nets only won 21 games this past season, the third worst wins record behind the rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers and the dismal Philadelphia 76ers.
Lin also told the Post that he will help the Nets recruit free agents in the coming years. However, he is aware that the team’s current situation would be a difficult selling point for future free agents.
“I mean, we gotta turn things around and win more than 21 games for me to do that,” he said. “But I know enough people, and I think I have friends in the league, and so I’ll be recruiting.”
With regards to the players he will be playing with next season, Lin zeroed in on Nets big man Brook Lopez. He argued that the versatile center is one of the most under-appreciated elite players in the NBA today.
CBS Sports indicated that signing Lin is a smart move by the Nets. For an average paycheck, the team got its marketing star and a dependable starting point guard. Lin is deceptively quick and has a high basketball IQ. His arrival in to the squad will also do wonders for Lopez’s career.