Atlanta Hawks Aquire Jeremy Lin From Brooklyn Nets
NBA star Jeremy Lin will be playing for the Atlanta Hawks this upcoming season following a reported trade Thursday night.
Citing league sources, ESPN reported that the Brooklyn Nets will also send the Hawks a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap picks in 2023. The Hawks will be absorbing Lin’s $12.5-million expiring contract into their salary-cap space.
In exchange, the Nets will get a 2020 second-round pick with Portland and the rights to Isaia Cordinier, a 2016 second-round pick who has remained overseas and is not expected to play for them.
The surprise trade, however, gave the Nets the needed cap space to secure Nuggets power forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur as well as Denver’s 2019 first-round pick, which is protected from 1-12.
Lin, who signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets in 2016, will be joining No. 5 overall pick Trae Young in the Hawks’ backcourt. Lin’s entry is believed to expedite the trade of Hawks’ other guard, Dennis Schroder, to another team this summer.
While the 29-year-old point guard did produce a respectable 14.5 points and 5.1 assists per game in 2016-17 for the Nets, he suffered a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon on opening night last year.
He has since been training and working hard to recover from the injury.
Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai expressed his appreciation for Lin on Twitter on Friday morning.
Sean Marks has kept me updated on our team’s moves during this offseason. He and his team are doing terrific work to build the Nets for the long term. I love Jeremy Lin because he represents the underdog in all of us — truly first class on and off the court.
Joe can you walk us through What happened? How did you let your favorite player get traded away like that? I mean the deal basically makes Lin look like some sort of garbage player that needs to be get rid of. What about the added marketing value with Lin v.s. without?