Jeremy Lin made his year as a Charlotte Hornet officially a stepping stone today, signing with the Brooklyn Nets as many expected. Lin will reportedly earn $36 million over three years — about 6x what he made in Charlotte. That is a starter’s salary and Lin was after both parts of that phrase — the salary and the starting.
Lin averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in just 26.3 mpg in Charlotte, using the year to sharpen his defensive reputation and cement his renown for being able to penetrate even against top teams like San Antonio. Lin returns to New York, albeit to Brooklyn not Manhattan, where he became outrageously famous during Linsanity in 2011-12. Current Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson was an assistant on that Knicks team during Lin’s wildly popular and seemingly unlikely run. The new deal far exceeds even the 3-year $25 million deal that Lin received from the Houston Rockets in the immediate wake of Linsanity. “The journey continues,” Lin told his fans. Though the part where JLin finds the pot of gold? That part is done. Gold found.
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 1, 2016