Jeremy Lin wants to ‘find a home’ in free agency, Hornets fear losing him
After bouncing around the NBA, Jeremy Lin wants to land somewhere where he’ll be staying for a while. It’s appearing likely that that place will not be New Orleans.
Lin told the World Economic Forum that he wants to find a permanent home, as well as a team that can maximize his potential.
“I’ve played six years in the NBA; I’ve played on five different teams. I’ve played for two D-League teams — so seven cities in six years,” Lin said, via ESPN’s Ian Begley. “I’m tired of boxes, I’m tired of moving companies, and I want to find a home.
“I want to see how good I can become. I’m 27, and an athlete’s prime, or at least in the NBA, your prime is usually 27-30. That’s when you kind of peak physically (and) mentally and that’s where most players perform their best. So I’m going into my prime and I want to see how great I can be as a player, and that’s my purpose in free agency — so I’ll just exhaust every opportunity to see which one will be the best for me.”
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Hornets would like to keep Lin, but other priorities and the fact that they don’t own Lin’s Bird rights may make that impossible. Charlotte is prioritizing the re-signing of Nicolas Batum and Marvin Williams, and they might not have the cap space to retain Lin even though they’d like to.
Lin is said to have meetings with three teams in the works, but there is no word on who the interested parties are. The Knicks will not be one of them, as they reportedly weren’t all that interested even before acquiring Derrick Rose.