Jeremy Lin was moved by the Brooklyn Nets to the lottery-bound Atlanta Hawks this offseason after missing all but one game last season. Despite the underwhelming performance of his team this season, Lin has enjoyed a solid bounce-back season, and teams are taking notice – specifically the Sacramento Kings, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times:
Sacramento is among the teams that have expressed exploratory trade interest in Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 15, 2019
Plenty of teams would like to hand over their backup point guard reigns to Lin, who has been a consistent option off the bench for the majority of his career. The Kings, in particular, have left former Indiana Hoosier Yogi Ferrell in control of the team’s backup guard spot behind second-year star De’Aaron Fox. While Ferrell has played well for the Kings this season, Lin would be an upgrade on the court while also being a veteran presence in the locker room for a team trying to make its first playoff appearance since 2006.
It most likely won’t take too much from any team to acquire the journeyman, as the Hawks have shown that they are more than willing to move on from their veteran players in exchange for youth, draft compensation, and future cap flexibility.
In his ninth season in the NBA and first with the Hawks, Lin is putting up respectable averages of 10.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds on a career-high 47.8 percent shooting from the field in just over 19 minutes per game. Lin, a free agent following the season, likely has a number of suitors who could make a move for him in order to bolster their bench for a possible playoff run.