NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin to Help Recruit Players for Brooklyn Nets This Offseason

By Paul E. Davidson, Posted: 04/19/17 02:28PM EDT
Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin speaks onstage during The New Yorker Festival 2016 at MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre on October 9, 2016 in New York City.(Photo : Anna Webber/Getty Images for The New Yorker)

The Brooklyn Nets are heading into the offseason with the second-biggest salary cap space in the entire NBA. Starting point guard Jeremy Lin is open to helping the Nets recruit free agents and try to convince them to play in Brooklyn.

In an interview with the New York Post, Lin insisted that Brooklyn is not a hard market to sell because it's New York. He also noted that players love what they saw with the Nets in the last couple of months of the regular season when the team went 11-13 to finish the season at 20-62.

"I honestly don't think it's going to be that hard of a sell. First of all, it's Brooklyn. It's New York. Second of all, everyone can tell this culture is completely different. You can talk to the players," Lin said.

The 28-year-old point guard added that he is open to recruiting other players this offseason. He also mentioned Kenny Atkinson has a lot of admirers for what he has done in his first year as a head coach for the Nets. Lin and Brook Lopez will lead the Nets in their pursuit of free agents.

According to ESPN, the Nets will have about $33 million in salary cap space. With that amount of money, they can sign a max player, while also having the money to sign role players. However, the Nets are not tipped to attract big name free agents, but they could be a destination for young players looking for a place where they can prove themselves.

Some of the players Lin, Lopez and the Nets could recruit include upcoming free agents like George Hill, Darren Collison, Serge Ibaka, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson, Patrick Patterson, J.J. Redick, Patty Mills, Brandon Jennings, Nikola Mirotic, Michael Carter-Williams, James Johnson, Alex Len, Nerlens Noel, Bojan Bogdanovic and Kelly Olynyk.

The Nets are also linked to Serbian star Milos Teodosic, who is set to become a free agent after the current Euroleague season, per Nets Daily. Teodosic is considered as the best player not signed to an NBA team and he will surely give Lin competition for the starting point guard spot next season if he gets signed by the Nets.



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