Kendrick Perkins reacts to Jeremy Lin’s free agency situation
It’s been almost an entire month since free agency opened, and there are still some notable players who haven’t signed with a team yet. One of them is Jeremy Lin. The Asian-American point guard spent last season playing for the Atlanta Hawks and the Toronto Raptors. He won his first career championship with the latter, but he was usually seen on the court during garbage time. Moreover, it seems that the Raps have no intention of bringing him back next season. Former NBA player Kendrick Perkins believes that the NBA has already moved on from Lin, which according to him, is the ‘harsh reality’ for some guys in the NBA. He also advised the players who made it to the team rosters to make the most out of their opportunity.
Jeremy Lin’s situation is a harsh reality of the NBA. Very few have the opportunity to dictate when the league moves on from them. So for the ones that have the privilege to have one of those 450 spots, cherish it.
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 28, 2019
Lin made his NBA debut for the Golden State Warriors back in 2010, but he never really settled for one team for more than three seasons. He has bounced around the league since, having stints with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, and most recently, the Hawks and Raptors. His main weaknesses are his defense and his inability to stay healthy, and in a league that’s currently dominated by guards, teams don’t necessarily need someone who’s more of a liability than an asset.
Sure, one can argue that Lin is a decent to above average offensive player, but he’s also already past his prime, and his constant health issues just make it more difficult for him to convince teams that he can still contribute.
Lin has already hinted at the possibility of playing in Asia if he can’t land an NBA contract soon. He’s also being eyed by some EuroLeague teams, so it’s possible for him to still play professional basketball.
But it will most probably not happen in the NBA.