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Hawks’ Jeremy Lin could become trade target if he keeps performing

Jeremy Lin, Hawks

Coming off a season-long injury, Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeremy Lin finds himself in a familiar situation as he did with the Brooklyn Nets. Despite of it, he could find himself benefiting from a rather arid trade market, arising as one of the top targets for teams looking to make an addition prior to the Feb. 7 deadline.

Lin, once again a veteran on a young team, is making the most of his 18.4 minutes per game, posting 10.8 points while shooting an impressive 50.6 percent from the field, a sparkling 41.8 percent from long-range and a steady 83.3 percent at the free-throw line while dishing 3.2 assists per game.

If he keeps up this type of performance, he could easily become one of the main trade targets for playoff teams in need of a backup point guard.

“Unfortunately, he’s on a young team where I don’t know if winning is a priority to him, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to get on a team where he can help somebody, so he’s just got to keep a positive mindset and keep getting better because just his movement overall I can tell that he’s really worked hard to get back to where he’s at,” Nets forward and former teammate DeMarre Carroll told Michael Scotto of The Athletic.

Lin has bounced back very well from a torn patella that ended his season during the first game of 2017-18, making use of his brief opportunities and capitalizing on his leadership role, serving as a mentor for rookie Trae Young.

His efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, and he could soon be rewarded with a better opportunity, one that allows him to compete for a championship if the Hawks decide to deal him prior to the deadline.