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Hawks’ Jeremy Lin admits he was ‘hurt’ after trade from Nets

Jeremy Lin, Hawks, Nets

Atlanta Hawks veteran point guard Jeremy Lin says he was hurt over the summer when the Brooklyn Nets traded him to Atlanta, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

Jeremy Lin reportedly didn’t think he was going to get traded by the Nets the night before the organization sent him to the Hawks. Lin then got a call from Nets general manager Sean Marks the next morning informing him about the trade.

Lin, 30, suffered a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon on opening night in 2017-18. The Harvard grad averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists per game in 2016-17 with the Nets and was a fan favorite in Brooklyn.

Lin is making $12.5 million this season with the Hawks. He will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019. He is averaging 10.8 points and 3.2 assists with Atlanta this year and shooting 50.6 percent from the floor and 41.8 percent from the 3-point line.

Trades are part of the NBA. It looks like Lin was just surprised by the timing of the deal since he had reportedly gotten reassurances from the franchise he wasn’t going to be moved, à la Demar DeRozan with the Toronto Raptors.

The Hawks are in rebuild mode and have Trae Young as the future point guard. Lin needs to prove he can stay healthy this year so that he can have a free agent market in the summer.