Trae Young says he’ll ‘always be a fan’ of Jeremy Lin
Former Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin is having a tough time during free agency this summer, still without a team to ink him to a new deal.
In a semi-viral clip that made the rounds on the internet on Sunday, Lin becomes emotional when describing his present situation as a free agent without an interested team. Hawks point guard Trae Young, who briefly played alongside Lin during the latter’s stint with Atlanta during the 2018-19 NBA season, shared the video and added he’d “always” be a fan of Lin’s.
Me having @JLin7 as one of my Vets, I’ll tell you I’ll ALWAYS be a fan of him!! Dude can HOOOOP, But is never selfish, it’s always about others and the Team First… The real ones know Bro!! I’ll always have your back… You not done yet💯 #LINSANITY https://t.co/F07NAnuXIt
— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) July 28, 2019
Young praised Lin’s unselfishness and “team first” attitude and hashtaged the tweet with “#Linsanity,” referencing the 30-year-old’s history as one of the most dominant individual players in the NBA for a brief stretch in February of 2012 when he came to the national and global stage with the New York Knicks.
Lin arrived in Atlanta when the Brooklyn Nets traded the floor general and two second-round picks in July of last year. Lin appeared in 51 games for the Hawks before being waived in February of 2019. The Toronto Raptors eventually picked up Lin, signing him to a deal for the rest of the year, where he played sparse minutes and won a title with the Canadian franchise, then became a free agent again during the summer.
In his nine-year career, Lin averaged 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game in 480 appearances, shooting 43.3% from the field, 34.2% from 3-point range, and 80.9% from the free throw line.
Lin played for four teams in the last four seasons; the Raptors, Hawks, Nets, and Charlotte Hornets, never finding a true, long-term home for the first Taiwanese descent player to make the NBA.