Despite having an up-and-down season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014-15, Jeremy Lin has agreed to a two-year, $4.3 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Jeremy Lin’s deal with the Charlotte Hornets will be two-years, $4M-plus, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2015
Lin had been linked to the Dallas Mavericks prior to inking a deal with the Hornets, and although beggars can’t be choosers, I’d bet the former Harvard point guard would’ve preferred to continue his career with the Mavericks, as it was the most optimal fit.
Lin operates best out of pick and roll with shooters stretching the floor, but the Hornets were some of the biggest bricklayers in basketball this past season. Charlotte shot a league-worst 31.8% from behind the arc this past season and they only made 498 threes as a team, which was fifth-worst in the league. Dallas’ string of shooters such as Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons and of course Dirk Nowitzki could’ve made Lin’s job in Dallas a hell of a lot easier than the one he’ll have in Charlotte.
The Hornets’ lack of a brutish big who can finish athletically in traffic may also hurt Lin’s proficiency in the pick and roll, but Lin was probably the best backup point guard option for the Hornets here.
He’ll work hard and do his best, and he seems to be excited about the opportunity afforded to him by the Hornets.
Lin averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists per game for the Lakers last season. He’ll be 27-years-old at the start of next season.