Brooklyn Nets Trade Jeremy Lin to Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks acquired point guard Jeremy Lin and a 2025 second-round draft pick from the Nets in a surprise trade on July 12. As part of the deal, the Hawks also sent the Nets a top-55 protected draft pick in 2020 (via Portland) and the rights to Isaia Cordinier and acquired the right to swap second-round draft picks with the Nets in the 2023 draft.

Brooklyn Nets Trade Situation

The trade was seen as part of a salary dump as Brooklyn Nets focused on developing young players and prepared to make some room in the salary cap for next year’s free agency. It came as a surprise because it happened before the season starts and after the Nets signed Ed Davis as a free agent. Lin lobbied Coach Atkinson to recruit Ed Davis back in 2016 because he is a smart player and had a special connection as a Pick-and-Roll partner during the 2014-15 Lakers season.

With this move, GM Sean Marks showed he did not want to wait to showcase Jeremy Lin in the first half of the season to increase his market value before Feb 2019 trade deadline. Perhaps a soon to be 29 year old Jeremy Lin no longer fits the future plan for the Nets team as he only played 39 games in 2 injury-riddled seasons.

Atlanta Hawks PG situation

The trade for Lin could be  the latest signal that incumbent Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder could be on his way out. He has been on trade rumors in the past few weeks despite lukewarm response due to his alleged criminal battery case in 2017

In addition to Lin and Schroder, the Hawks have two other point guards on the roster: Trae Young and Jaylen Adams. Young, the No. 5 overall pick in last month’s draft, is expected to have a major role next season with the rebuilding Hawks. Adams is a “two-way” player who is projected to spend most of his time next season playing for the the G League affiliate in Erie, Pa.

The Hawks absorbed Lin’s $12.5 million salary into their cap space. The Nets will be responsible for paying Lin a $1.25 million trade bonus, but that amount will count against the Hawks’ salary sheet.

Coach Lloyd Pierce and Jeremy Lin Connection

There seems to be some good news about Atlanta Hawks coach, Lloyd Pierce, having a connection and familiarity with Jeremy Lin. as he helped to develop Jeremy Lin in rookie year. He and Silas (GSW assistant coach) actually worked closely Jeremy Lin as a rookie in Golden State.

Since GSW, he has become assistant coach with Cleveland and 76ers before he became the Atlanta Hawks coach in May 2018

Still, Lin kept arriving early, leaving late, devouring film and working studiously with Silas and later Lloyd Pierce. But what Lin really needed was game repetition. The Warriors sent him to Reno, their D-League affiliate, on three occasions. That is where the lessons started to take hold.

Atlanta reached an agreement Lloyd Pierce to become the franchise’s new head coach, the team announced on Friday. Pierce arrives fresh off a second-round run with Philadelphia as an assistant coach. His five-year run with the 76ers came after assistant coaching stints with Memphis, Golden State and Cleveland.

Responses

GM Sean Marks released a statement to thank Jeremy Lin for 2 seasons and to wish him well

We would like to thank Jeremy for all of his contributions to the Nets organization both on and off the court over the past two seasons and wish him much success as he moves forward with his basketball career,” said Nets General Manager Sean Marks.

Jeremy Lin decided to focus on finding joy in his NBA journey as he would need to prove himself again that he can come back strong from ruptured patella tendon that sidelined him for the whole season

Joe Tsai as a minority owner also tweeted that he was updated by GM Sean Marks on the team’s moves. As expected, many Lin fans expressed disappointment in trading Lin.

Jeremy Lin would have to prove himself again as an NBA player that he can come back stronger than ever after 2 injury-riddled seasons. He is ready to put in the work everyday as he posts his motivational workout video with the message to continue to challenge yourself.

More update will be provided later.

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