After a short stint with the Los Ageles Lakers, Jeremy Lin was traded to play for the Charlotte Hornets just this year and now, he is rumored to be on the move again, this time to the Chicago Bulls
According to ESPN, the Hornets are in talks for a three year contract extension in the $21 million range with shooting guard Jeremy Lamb.
Staying with a young and healthy Lamb and acquiring veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich from the Bulls in exchange for “Linsanity” is a sensible decision as it will give a more balanced line up for the Hornets. If this trade rumor pushes through, the Hornets will also walk away with two first round draft picks which could be a substantial key for a team that is in its rebuilding phase.
In return, the Bulls will get a decent backup point guard in Lin especially as the 27-year-old California native has recently made headlines during the latest Hornets versus Bulls game Tuesday night.
He tallied 15 points, with an impressive 2 for 2 from the arc and perfect from the foul shot line, five rebounds, four assists and a blocked shot in just over 19 minutes. Although he’s come off the bench in every game so far in this current season, he has been the steady hands for the Steve Clifford coached team, averaging 12.8 points, 3.8 assists, three rebounds and 0.5 steals per game. His mid to long range shooting capability makes him a very efficient guard as he draws out the defense, unclogging the driving and passing lanes.
An article from popular sports website Sportige.com discussed the possibilities if Lin gets more minutes or even starts for the team. “The Hornets overall look better when he plays, the Hornets have problems in creativity and offense in general off the bench, but treating Lin like an upgraded bench player isn’t going to help the Hornets pick up the pace,” reads the post.