As feared, Jeremy Lin’s opening night injury will end his season. Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the news.
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin suffered a patellar tendon rupture and will miss rest of season, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 19, 2017
The Nets confirmed the report, a devastating loss for a team that had hoped Lin could come back from last year’s injury-plagued season.
Here’s the official announcement...
BROOKLYN (October 19, 2017) – Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin has been diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee. The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of last night’s game at Indiana. Lin is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season. Further updates will be made available at a later time.
Statement from Nets General Manager Sean Marks.
“Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season. We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role.
The 29-year-old will no doubt need surgery and an extensive recovery and rehab.
Lin is in his second year of a three -year, $36 million deal. Last season, he played only 36 games due to a series of hamstring injuries. He has a player option in 2018-19 at $12.52 million.
The Nets could apply for a disabled player exception, but there are restrictions on who a team can sign with a DPE. As Bobby Marks has written...
Brooklyn currently has $3.4M in cap space to use but would need to create a roster spot. Brooklyn will not receive any roster relief but has up until January 15 to apply for the Disabled Player Exception for Jeremy Lin. The exception if approved would be $6M.
Once the Nets open a roster spot and receive the DPE, they can sign, claim or trade for a player using it, but only on a player who is a free agent or has one-year left on his contract.
Lin scored 19 points vs. the Pacers but went down late in the fourth quarter of the Nets 141-130 loss.
With Lin out, the Nets are likely to move D’Angelo Russell into the point guard slot, while providing Caris LeVert and Allen Crabbe with more minutes, more opportuniities.
Mike Schmitz of ESPN broke that down following the news of Lin’s medical condition.
Lin becomes the second player to be declared out of the season after an opening night injury. Gordon Hayward of the Celtics went down Tuesday night with a broken tibia and dislocated ankle. He underwent surgery Wednesday night.
- Jeremy Lin’s injury was as bad as it looked - Alex Squadron - New York Post
- Nets' Jeremy Lin has ruptured patellar tendon; season likely over - Adrian Wojnarowski - ESPN
- Jeremy Lin done for the season with knee injury, Nets announce - Newsday
- How does Jeremy Lin's injury change his and Brooklyn's future? - Kevin Pelton - ESPN Insider
- Nets' Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury - AP