NBA Trade: Jeremy Lin headed to Hawks
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NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over.
The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, a person with knowledge of the deal said early Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.
The move helps clear up the Nets’ logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first reported the deal, saying the Nets and Hawks would swap future second-round picks.
Lin has a year and $12.5 million left on the contract he signed two summers ago. He made it through just 37 games with the Nets and only one last season, as he ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee during a season-opening loss at Indiana.
Spencer Dinwiddie stepped in while Lin was out and became one of the NBA’s most improved players. Brooklyn also has D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, at the point after acquiring him from the Lakers.
Now, Lin will have to find room in Atlanta, where point guard Dennis Schroder was the Hawks’ leading scorer last season. The Hawks then acquired the rights to high-scoring former Oklahoma star Trae Young in the draft.
The Hawks will be the seventh team for Lin, the undrafted former Harvard star who memorably broke out with the Knicks during his run of Linsanity in February 2012. The NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent has also played for Golden State, Houston, the Lakers and Charlotte. (AP)Photo by genewang0123