Jeremy Lin opts into player option for next season with Brooklyn Nets
It appears as Jeremy Lin will be staying in the Brooklyn for at least one more season after opting into his contract for next season.
Zach Lowe of ESPN reports that Lin has opted into his $12.5 million player option with the Brooklyn Nets earlier today.
Jeremy Lin has opted in to his $12.5M player option for next season in Brooklyn, league sources tell ESPN.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) February 9, 2018
Before the 2016 season, Lin signed a three year contract with the Nets that was worth $38.3 million dollars. The first two years were guaranteed with the third year being a player option.
It really isn’t much of a surprise that Lin opted in, because it would have been very hard for him to find a team that would pay him more than 12.5 million dollars coming off a season-ending injury on opening night.
He has played well for the Nets when he has actually been on the court. Last year he averaged 14,5 points per game, but he only appeared in 36 games.
This year hasn’t been any better for Lin. He ruptured his patella tendon in his right knee after just playing 25 minutes in the season opener.
He has been spent of the season rehabbing in Vancouver and he expects that he will be ready for the start of next season, a season hopes he will be healthy enough to compete in.
He talked to Tom Dowd of the BrooklynNets.com and had some interesting things to say about his recovery.
“To have a year off, how can I best maximize this time, and also, to put myself in a position where I’m not in this position again. This is sports, so nothing’s guaranteed. But addressing a lot of muscle imbalances, movement deficiencies. All these different things. The way I sit, the way I stand, the way I squat, the way I jump, shoot, all the way down the line. We’re fixing everything so that I can look as close to picture perfect.”
The Nets are hoping that the hard work this season will pay off, and he can be a veteran team leader next year.