Game 42 Atlanta Hawks vs Philadelphia 76ers: Portland Blazers Willing to Give 1st Round Pick for Jeremy Lin Per Source; Pelicans and 76ers Have Linterest
Portland Blazers joined the string of teams with trade interest in JLin, willing to part with 1st round pick that Atlanta wants per source (SportingNews). The Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers have also inquired about Lin although it is unknown if they are willing to give a first-round pick like the Blazers. There is possibility that Jeremy Lin might play more minutes in tonight’s game against the 76ers similar to how Jeremy Lin was showcased for 35 minutes against the Toronto Raptors.
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Portland, too, would be willing to part with its first-rounder to add depth to a roster that badly needs help in the backcourt and on the wing. The Trail Blazers could be a player for Ross or Simmons, too. But sources tell SN that they have expressed interest in another player expected to be made available for a first-round pick: Atlanta point guard Jeremy Lin.
When the Hawks traded for Lin last summer, the hope was that he could be a veteran presence for the first part of the season for young point guard Trae Young, then could be swapped for a rebuilding asset to help the woebegone Hawks’ future. A first-rounder would do the trick.
The Pelicans and Sixers have also inquired about Lin (11.0 points in 19.3 minutes per game this season), and the Hawks may be able to create some bidding for his services ahead of the deadline. It’ll still be tough to wrestle one of those first-rounders away, but this time around, there are at least more on the market.