RUMOR: Hawks point guard Jeremy Lin is drawing trade interest
Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeremy Lin is reportedly drawing trade interest around the league, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.
The Hawks acquired Lin in the offseason from the Brooklyn Nets. The guard is making $12.52 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent after the year ends.
With Atlanta in rebuild mode and rookie Trae Young as the starter, the Hawks don’t really have a need for Jeremy Lin and could probably get a future draft pick for him.
The Hawks are just 12-28 on the season, 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Sounds like interest in Jeremy Lin is picking up around the league. $13.8M expiring contract, playing pretty well, experienced veteran PG. Hawks should be able to snag a decent asset for Lin. Nothing amazing, but a nice piece to further aid in the rebuild.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) January 9, 2019
In 36 games this year for the Hawks, Jeremy Lin is averaging 10.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Playoff contending teams who lack guard depth could use a player like Lin, who can come off the bench and score and be a playmaker. The 30-year-old hasn’t been able to recapture the magic from his Linsanity days with the New York Knicks, but he can still be a valuable role player at this stage of his career.