For the past couple of years, guard Jeremy Lin has been playing all over the country. From Oakland, New York, and Houston to Los Angeles, Charlotte and possibly another destination this year, Lin has seen it all. Now that he's a free agent, however, Lin can once again decide where he wants to go with one of his main goals being not moving around again.
Via Ian Begley of ESPN:
“I've played six years in the NBA; I've played on five different teams. I've played for two D-League teams — so seven cities in six years. I'm tired of boxes, I'm tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home,” Lin said in an interview with the World Economic Forum over the weekend.
The 27 year-old Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in 27 minutes per game in his first year with the Charlotte Hornets this season. Lin's had solid per-36 minute averages for his career, putting up 15.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.
“I want to see how good I can become,” Lin said in the World Economic Forum interview. “I'm 27, and an athlete's prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That's when you kind of peak physically (and) mentally and that's where most players perform their best. So I'm going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that's my purpose in free agency — so I'll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me.”
One destination that Lin has had on his mind is New York, where he got the first big break of his career. However, he knows its not a real possibility if he wants a chance to showcase what he can do as a starter.
“It's not looking likely because they just traded for Derrick Rose,” Lin said. “But I will say that ever since I left, I've always been open to going back and I still am. Never say never, that's the one thing in the NBA, never say never. So I've always been open, but right now, I'm not sure if it's the best timing. But if it happens, it happens.”
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