After a stellar season for Jeremy Lin with the Charlotte Hornets, the time has come for the point guard to explore his options in free agency. He will opt out of the final year of his $2.2 million contract, declining his player option to become an unrestricted free agent.

Since Lin managed to play one of his best seasons ever with the Hornets, he is considered a highly valuable point guard on this season's free agent market. Averaging 11.7 points and 3 assists per game, Lin's efforts elevated the Hornets to the postseason, where they lost in the first round to the Miami Heat in seven games

It has been previously reported that Lin wants to return to the Hornets if they can provide a home atmosphere. The trouble of moving to eight different teams in the past six years has certainly caught up to Lin, so maximizing his opportunities on a team he is comfortable with is key.

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“I just want to find a great situation and just be in that situation,” said Lin. “I don’t like moving. I don’t like moving every year. I don’t like boxes and unpacking boxes and packing boxes.”

If money truly is not an issue for Lin, then the Hornets can potentially work a deal to pay him the starting salary he deserves while giving him a team atmosphere conducive to his athleticism.