Jeremy Lin Should Be Traded If Brooklyn Nets Can Get Surplus of Picks, Young Players in Return

By James Johansson, Posted: 03/19/17 08:18PM EDT
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Jeremy Lin was viewed as a potential go-to-guy when the Brooklyn Nets signed him to a contract last summer. However, the experiment has not yielded good results for the Nets this season.

Lin, who signed a three-year deal worth $36 million last summer, has been slowed down by injuries this season. In turn, the Nets are not getting the chance to evaluate if the former Harvard University standout deserves a permanent spot on the roster.

The Nets, who currently have a 13-56 card, are expected to finish with the worst record in the league this season. It is one of the reasons why Tim Bontemps of Washington Post believes the Nets should trade Lin.

Bontemps said that the Nets are a respectable team when Lin is healthy, but the front office failed to add more weapons that could make them a relevant team this season. The Nets are unlikely to become playoff contenders next season as well even if they end up with a bad record because they do not own their first-round pick this year.

Lin could rediscover his "Linsanity" form under head coach Kenny Atkinson, but it might not matter because the Nets are not even close to becoming a playoff team. This is the main reason why Bontemps said that the Nets should consider trading the Palo Alto, California native in the offseason.

However, the analysts also added that the Nets should not consider a salary-dumping trade involving Lin. Instead, the Nets should only move Lin if they can get some picks or young players in return.

"If the Nets could move on from him and get some young players and/or picks in exchange, it's something they should consider doing," Bontemps said. "Even if it leads to another season of painful suffering without him."

Lin is averaging 14.1 points on top of 5.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. The 28-year-old point guard has only played in 24 games this season after suffering two hamstring injuries earlier in the season. The seven-year veteran might miss more games after sustaining an ankle injury on Sunday, Bleacher Report noted.



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