There's been plenty of speculation --but not a lot of real information-- that the Nets and Jeremy Lin could have a mutual attraction, most of it due to the (legitimate) connection the 27-year-old point guard had with Kenny Atkinson when Lin went on his wild ride at MSG four years ago.
It's been mostly assumed that that connection puts the Nets near or at the top of Lin's wish list, but Lin has been quite closed-mouth about his next destination. He did opt out of his $2.2 million contract last week, which was a no-brainer. He has said, as recently as the weekend that he's looking for a team that can help him grow as a player and can offer him stability, considering he's played for five teams in six years since leaving Harvard as an undrafted rookie.
"I've played six years in the NBA," Lin said at the World Economic Forum this past weekend. "I've played on five different teams. I've played for two D-League teams — so seven cities in six years. I'm tired of boxes, I'm tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home."
Lin will reportedly meet with three different teams as free agency officially begins, at midnight ET of July 1. The Hornets aren’t one of those teams. but the identity of the teams he will meet with haven't been disclosed. Could the Nets be one of them? No one is aying on either side.
Lin would be a solid fit for the Nets. they currently have only one point guard on teh roster, unless you count the two combo guards drafted last weekk. and Jarrett Jack is reportedly going to be traded or waived by Friday. Lin played well last year, particularly when matched up with Kemba Walker. Then there's the reunion with Atkinson ... and oh yeah, the marketing possibilities of a return to New York.
Things should be clearer when we learn which teams he will meet with ... and which teams he will not. Until then, its fascinating speculation, but not much else.