In a tweet from his personal account, Jeremy Lin left no doubt where he will play next season.
Marc Stein and Adrian Wojnarowski reported the terms...
Hearing Jeremy Lin landed a three-year deal worth $36 million from Brooklyn— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2016
Sources: Lin's three-year, $36M deal with Nets includes a player option on third year, trade kicker and bonuses.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 1, 2016
As Bobby Marks tweets, even with the deal, the Nets still have about $40 million in cap space, enough to make significant offers to other free agents, including restricted free agents.
Lin met with the Nets and Pelicans on Thursday night in Palo Alto, California, a source told ESPN's Chris Broussard. Nets front office personnel are in southern California Friday to work out Brandon Jennings. How the Lin decision affects that meeting is unknown.
The agreement to join the Nets becomes the first big signing of the Sean Marks era. It also brings LinSanity back to New York and re-unites Lin with Kenny Atkinson who was an assistant with the Knicks in 2012 when Lin took the city by storm, dominating the headlines with game-winning and often spectacular play.
Lin may have telegraphed his intentions back in April when after the Nets hired Atkinson he spoke highly of the man he once credited with igniting his career.
"I’ve kind of been saying it was just a matter of time for him because I know how good he is, I know how much he was there for me in New York," Lin told Andrew Keh of the Times. "When you’re around him, you kind of understand there’s something different about him: his energy, his passion, the juice he approaches his work with."
Lin added: "He doesn’t leave any stone unturned. He’s always the first one in, and I’m saying first one in by, like, hours."
As Zach Lowe tweeted Friday morning...
Feel like Lin probably could have gotten more, clearly values reuniting with Kenny Atkinson.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 2016
Since LinSanity, Lin has played for the Rockets, Lakers and Hornets. His turns with the Rockets and Lakers were lacklustre but last season, both teamed with and backing up Kemba Walker, Lin had his best season since leaving New York, averaging 11.7 points and three assists in 26.3 minutes per game. In 13 games as a starter, he averaged 17.5 points and 4.8 assists per and shot 46 percent from three. Steve Clifford, the Hornets coach, credited a lot of the team's success to Lin's consistency.
The Harvard grad, of course, will become a big marketing tool for the Nets. New York holds the largest population of Chinese and Chinese-Americans in the U.S. and the HSS Training Center is located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn's China Town. Lin, whose family is from Taiwan, is the only Chinese or Taiwanese-American in the NBA and is enormously popular in the U.S., Taiwan and China.
As ESPN's Calvin Watkins tweets...
Told Brooklyn trying to become viable in international markets (China) and the Lin signing pushes toward that end.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) July 1, 2016
In a side note, Lin used a graphic designed by Net fan Cliff Kneuppel four years ago!
Lin did change the uniform number from 17, the number he wore in New York to 7.
- Jeremy Lin agrees to three-year deal with Brooklyn Nets - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN
- Will Jeremy Lin help Brooklyn Nets' rebuild? - Bradford Doolittle - ESPN Insider
- Jeremy Lin returns to New York on $36M deal with Nets - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Linsanity comes to Brooklyn as Jeremy agrees to Nets deal - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets to sign Jeremy Lin - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Jeremy Lin has made a lot of stops all over the NBA - Laura Albanese - Newsday
- Jeremy Lin Returning to New York (for the Nets) - Scott Cacciola - New York Times
- Jeremy Lin agrees to 3-year, $36 million deal with Brooklyn Nets - Vytas Mazeika -San Jose Mercury News
- Jeremy Lin to sign deal with Nets - The China Post
- Jeremy Lin agrees to 3-year, $36 million deal with the Nets, per report - Christian D'Andrea - SBNation.com
- 'Brook-Linsanity': Jeremy Lin Signs With Brooklyn Nets - Stephany Bai - NBC News
- Jeremy Lin Signs With The Nets, And That's Cool For Everyone - Tom Ley - Deadspin
- Brooklyn Nets bring Jeremy Lin back to NYC - UPI
- Nets sign Jeremy Lin to three-year, $36 million deal - Ben Golliver - Sports Illustrated