Sources: Jeremy Lin's deal with the Nets: three-years, $36M
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2016
The Nets have inked point guard Jeremy Lin to a 3-year, 36 million deal, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Considering the recent rash of contracts, 12 million per year seems like a team-friendly contract and a steal at this point in free agency.
Lin, who captured the imaginations of basketball fans across the world during an out-of-this-world month with the New York Knicks during the 2011-2012 season, had experienced a series of awkward fits until his renaissance with the Charlotte Hornets last season. He averaged 11.7 points and 3.0 assists per game alongside Kemba Walker.
Lin reunites with head coach Kenny Atkinson, his former player-development coach who is often credited, in part, for the rise of Linsanity. Lin previously told The New York Daily News:
“I can’t say enough about that guy,” Lin says.
“I mean this guy wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning,” Lin says. “I’ll text after a game at midnight, 1 o’clock when I go home and I’ll say, ‘Hey can I look at those turnovers. Can I look at the upcoming team? How they run pick and rolls?’ And he ’ll have the film ready when I walk into the facility the next morning.”
With more than 50 million in cap space, The Nets will remain active, targeting presumably every 20-something wing player out there. The reasonable contract for Lin appears to be a solid start to what should be a hectic free agency, especially considering the rumors that Brooklyn might be interested in maxing out unrestricted free agent Rajon Rondo.