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Report: Blazers interested in Hawks’ Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin, Hawks

The Portland Trail Blazers have expressed interest in trading for Atlanta Hawks backup point guard Jeremy Lin, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.

Lin is on an expiring contract, and with the Hawks playing rookie point guard Trae Young heavy minutes, they really don’t have a need for the veteran scoring guard out of Harvard.

But sources tell SN that they have expressed interest in another player expected to be made available for a first-round pick: Atlanta point guard Jeremy Lin.

When the Hawks traded for Lin last summer, the hope was that he could be a veteran presence for the first part of the season for young point guard Trae Young, then could be swapped for a rebuilding asset to help the woebegone Hawks’ future. A first-rounder would do the trick.

Jeremy Lin has played in 37 games this season for the Hawks. The 30-year-old is averaging 11.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 82.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Behind Damian Lillard, the Blazers have Seth Curry and Wade Baldwin. Lin would be a nice complement to Curry, who leads the NBA in 3-point percentage. Lin could be the primary backup to Lillard at the point guard spot, which would allow Curry to back up CJ McCollum at shooting guard and focus on scoring instead of running the offense and looking for his shot.