Lin recently won an NBA championship with the Raptors but he feels that his future in the league is up in the air.
“I’ve given more of myself to God every single year and every year it gets harder. In English, there’s a saying, and it says, ‘once you’ve hit rock bottom, the only way is up,'” Lin said at an event in Taiwan. “Rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So free agency has been tough, because I feel like in some ways the NBA has kind of given up on me. I always knew that if I gave anyone a reason to doubt, they would.”
Jeremy Lin averaged 9.6 points in 19.4 minutes over 74 games (four starts) with the Hawks and Raptors last season but once he was traded to Toronto his shooting percentages went from 46.6 percent overall to 37.4 percent and from 33.3 percent from beyond the arc to just 20.0 percent.
The nine-year veteran averaged 14.5 points per game for the Nets in the 2016-17 season and he scored 18 points in his only appearance in the following campaign before a knee injury forced him to miss the entire year.
Can Lin put himself back together and prepare physically and mentally during the offseason? If he can do that he can still provide scoring off the bench and playmaking skills for teams looking for cheap alternatives. One of his former teams could use him right now.
Kemba Walker signed with the Celtics so the Hornets are expected to be a lottery team next season and Michael Jordan should consider adding Lin on an affordable one-year contract while Charlotte continues rebuilding. The 30-year old can be a decent backup for Terry Rozier. He actually averaged more assists (3.1) than Rozier (2.9) last season.
The Hornets have Joe Chealey and Devonte’ Graham in the backcourt and Lin is more proven than both of them, not to mention that he could also move to shooting guard. Lin played 78 games (13 starts) for the Hornets in 2015-16 and he averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 26.3 minutes. Charlotte has nothing to lose if they take a flier on him. Jeremy Lin has more than enough ethic, attitude and talent to still be a valuable player in the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets Regular Season Wins in 2019-20
(Courtesy of BetOnline)
Over 23.5 wins -110
Under 23.5 wins -110