Jeremy Lin signed a two-year, $4-million contract, with the Charlotte Hornets and with a proven commodity off the bench, the team is not about to put him on the trading block.
According to NBA.com , Jeremy Lin averages 11 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists this season, a far cry from the Linsanity days when he averaged 20 points and 10 assists in a short period of time.
But for his cheap contract and what he brings to the table, the coaching staff of the Charlotte Hornets is quite happy.
Coach Steve Clifford told Vice Sports that one of Jeremy Lin’s strengths is that he can play both spots-the point guard and shooting guard-effectively.
“So he could both play with [Hornets starting point guard] Kemba [Walker], and then he can play as the point guard,” he said. “I’ve always liked the way that he played, and then, working for Mike d’Antoni, Mike always wanted to find a way to get him on his team again.”
Jim Tanner, the agent of Jeremy Lin, is also confident about Jeremy Lin’s fit with the Charlotte Hornets, which makes it unlikely that he’s going to be traded.
“I think what we were weighing, what was most important to him, was finding the right fit,” he said in the same article. “He and Steve Clifford had some very in-depth conversations about what he saw in Jeremy’s game, how he would be used in Charlotte. That was really very compelling and very persuasive to Jeremy.”
Although Jeremy Lin continues to lead the bench, he’s playing 29 minutes a game, a luxury only reserved for starters.
There’s also the stamp of approval from Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, which would debunk the trade rumors, as he said that the signing Jeremy Lin via free agency was one of their best moves in the off-season.
“We just got Jeremy Lin, who I think is going to be our biggest acquisition. His penetration, his shooting capability, his point guard savvy, he can really pass the basketball, his energy about the game of basketball something,” Michael Jordan told the Chinese media, according to NBC Sports .