Jeremy Lin: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Free-Agent PG

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin brings the ball up court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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After a strong season with the Charlotte Hornets, guard Jeremy Lin has expressed interest in remaining with the team for the 2016-17 campaign and beyond. However, there may be other franchises looking to pursue the veteran.

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Lin's Expected Value Revealed

Friday, July 1

Lin is expected to earn between $12 million and $14 million a year, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.  

Nets Interested in Lin

Thursday, June 30

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reported that he's heard the Brooklyn Nets "might hard-sell" Lin.

Hornets Reportedly Worried About Lin's Potential Departure

Monday, June 27

Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, citing league sources, reported the Hornets "would like to re-sign" Lin but are "fearful" of losing him in free agency. Broussard also reported Lin will meet with three other teams when free agency opens July 1 but that "the door to a return is not completely closed."

Lin Comments on Free Agency

Sunday, June 26

Asked about potentially returning to New York to play for the Knicks in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China (h/t SI.com), Lin said "it's not looking likely," noting the team had just traded for Derrick Rose. However, he said he would "never say never."

"I want to find a home," Lin added. "I want to see how good I can become. I'm 27, an athlete's prime in the NBA is usually 27-30."

Lin previously commented on his future during a June 12 press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, per the Taipei Times' Shelley Shan:

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To me, the most important thing as a free agent is that I am happy when I play basketball or show up for work. I was happy last year, but I was not particularly happy for the first five years [as an NBA player]. To be happy, I need to consider a few things. Of course I am going to consider who is coaching the team, the team's style, the players on the team and their chance of winning, as well as the on-court time I have and if I have a chance to start.

According to Bonnell, the 27-year-old veteran stressed on May 2 how much he has enjoyed playing for the Hornets:

I would love to [return]. I don't like moving every year, I don't like packing and unpacking boxes. So we'll see. But I'm definitely interested in coming back. ... This is the most fun I've had in my six years [in the NBA]. Being around a great group of guys and a coaching staff that really cares. I've learned so much about the game of basketball, particularly at the defensive end.

Lin also indicated money won't be the primary deciding factor in where he signs:

My biggest thing is I want to have fun and be happy. I've been paid on the lower end and had a blast, and I've been paid on the higher end and not enjoyed it at all.

Honestly, money has never been the most important thing. Money is important because it shows how a team values you. But beyond that I don't care all that much about money. Me coming here (for slightly more than $2 million a season) showed that.

Lin Set to Test Free Agency

Thursday, June 23

Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Lin "let his $2.2 million option pass" and will become a free agent July 1.

Could Lin Reunite with Knicks?

Sunday, June 5

With Jeff Hornacek recently named the new head coach of the New York Knicks, one front office staff member from another team believes this could pave the way for a Lin reunion in New York, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger on May 19:

With the triangle out, the Knicks will need a traditional point guard. One rival executive suggested Thursday that the Hornacek hiring could pave the way for Linsanity Part II; Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin has a player option this summer in a massive free-agent market and is coming off his best season since leaving New York as a restricted free agent in 2012.

However, the New York Post's Marc Berman reported Saturday that the Knicks aren't interested in Lin because his "defense [is] too gaping."

Lin Experienced Plenty of Success in 1st Season with Hornets

Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game, primarily off the bench, in his debut season with Charlotte.

Lin was valuable for the Hornets in 2015-16 as the primary scoring guard option off the bench behind Kemba Walker and Courtney Lee. He also showed up in a big way during Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat, averaging 12.4 points per contest in a sixth-man role.

The Harvard alum has played for five teams in six NBA seasons with previous stints with the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers.

Although he has struggled at times to reach the same level of play he displayed during the Linsanity craze of 2011-12 with the Knicks, Lin showed this past season that he can be a quality piece on a winning team.

Keeping Lin could be a challenge with Al Jefferson, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams and Lee all set to hit free agency, but losing a player with his offensive ability would be potentially crippling for the Hornets.

It can be argued that the Hornets have bigger names to worry about than Lin, but he adds a dynamic dimension to the offense that should make him one of the franchise's top priorities this offseason.

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