Jeremy Lin Reportedly Traded to Hawks Amid Nets Roster Shake-up

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2018

NBA Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin answers questions during a media event in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Lin is in Taiwan to host basketball clinics and media events. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
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Jeremy Lin is on the move again.

The Brooklyn Nets reportedly traded the NBA journeyman to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. It wasn't the only roster move for the Nets on the day, as Wojnarowski also reported they traded Isaiah Whitehead to the Denver Nuggets for Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a 2019 protected first-round pick and a future second-round pick.

Wojnarowski added more details to the Lin deal:

Lin has played for the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets and Nets since entering the league in the 2010-11 campaign.

The move comes after Mitch Lawrence of SiriusXM NBA Radio reported the Nets were shopping Lin in a trade that would have involved Carmelo Anthony, although the plan was to buy out Anthony's contract and land draft picks in the deal.

While Lin can still serve as a potent offensive playmaker, durability is a significant concern. He played just 36 games during the 2016-17 season, largely due to a left hamstring injury. He also suffered a ruptured patella tendon in the 2017-18 opener, which was his only game of the year.

Brooklyn finished a combined 48-116 in those two seasons.

Lin has never recaptured the magic he displayed during the brief "Linsanity" period when he was a member of the Knicks in 2011-12, but he is still a solid backcourt scorer and can stretch opposing defenses with his outside shot.

He's a career 35 percent three-point shooter, and he averaged double-digit scoring totals every year except when he played 29 games with the Warriors as a rookie.

Lin will be 30 years old throughout the 2018-19 campaign and should be fresh after seeing little action for two seasons. If he remains healthy, he can provide a scoring spark for the Hawks and help the backcourt rotation during a push to improve on last season's 24-58 record.

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