Nets planned Jeremy Lin trade to clear guard logjam
The Brooklyn Nets have been active in the trade market this season and trading away point guard Jeremy Lin was one of their plans from the start of the summer, according to Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily.
The team was hoping to clear the logjam at the guard position, which already has D’Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, and Caris LeVert to split playing time.
Jeremy Lin played a mere 37 games over two seasons with the Nets and while he was a fantastic teammate, he also helped Kenny Atkinson ease into his first head coaching role in the league.
As most expected, Lin wasn’t able to top the Linsanity fad from his time with the New York Knicks, having a rather disappointing two-year stint with the Nets.
This move will now allow the likes of Russell and Dinwiddie to battle it out for the starting point guard job after the latter impressed with his size, strength, and court vision as a floor general.
Russell could be in line for a rookie-scale extension, but he will have to show more than what he has during his 48 games as a Net to warrant the franchise taking a long-term gamble on his future.
Meanwhile, Lin will be donning the Hawks colors as he teams up with Trae Young and Dennis Schroder in yet another crowded rotation.