Charlotte Hornets: Jeremy Lin edition
The Charlotte Hornets have signed point guard Jeremy Lin. The Hornets filled a big hole in the backcourt with the recent departure of Mo Williams; who signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers just days ago.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Lin will sign a two-year contract worth more than $4 million in total.
In 74 games for the Los Angeles Lakers, Lin averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. He will serve as the backup point guard behind Kemba Walker.
Over his career, Lin has shot 34.9 percent from 3-point range, 79.9% from the free throw line, averaged 4.8 assists per game and has averaged just under 27 minutes per game in his five years in the NBA.
Lin should get plenty of opportunities in Charlotte to make an impression. Working along with Kemba Walker at point guard should only help Lin. The 6’3″, 200 lbs 26 year old point guard, provides good size at the point guard position for Charlotte. Adding additional size to an already “big” roster for the Hornets.
After “Linsanity” in New York, when he played extremely well for the Knicks; Lin played with the Houston Rockets before joining the Los Angeles Lakers. Lin will now join another new team in Charlotte, somewhere he will look to find stability and a role that fits his game well.
Jeremy Lin; the Harvard graduate who is primarily known for his offensive game, will look to provide key minutes and production for Michael Jordan and Steve Clifford.
After finishing last in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage last season, the Hornets have made plenty of moves to change that by adding a variety of scoring options this offseason.
Lin recently took to social media via Facebook and Instagram to announce his signing.
“After a LOT of prayer and long discussions with family and friends, I wanted to personally let you guys know I’ll be joining the Charlotte Hornets.
My journey has never looked the way I (or anyone else) thought it would, but God has always worked things out for my good and I am confident that he will continue to do so. I want to thank Coach Clifford and the Hornets organization for this opportunity — for taking the time to talk to me, understanding my game, and most importantly, making it clear they believe in me.
For those of you who have been patiently waiting for news, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for joining me on this journey. To the Lakers organization and the city of Los Angeles, thank you for your support this past season.
I have no idea what is coming next, but I promise I will do everything in my power to contribute to this team and to improve as a player and as a person. Here’s to the next chapter! #audienceofOne #BuzzCity”
The Hornets have a new look roster, with a very intriguing amount of young talent. Perhaps this is the season that Charlotte can take its franchise to the next level.