Nets planned Jeremy Lin trade to clear guard logjam

Doug Mendoza
July 14, 2018

It looks like Dennis Schroder's days in Atlanta are numbered, as the Hawks went out and traded for veteran point guard Jeremy Lin last night, just weeks after drafting point guard Trae Young with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft.

The Brooklyn Nets have been active in the trade market this season and trading away point guard Jeremy Lin was one of their plans from the start of the summer, according to Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily.

Lin, who was on an expiring $12.5 million contract, hasn't played since rupturing his patellar tendon during the opening game last season. The Nuggets will receive Isaiah Whitehead in the deal.

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Lin's time with the Nets was plagued by injury. During the 2016-17 campaign, Lin averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists for the Nets.

Lin will be entering his ninth season in the National Basketball Association next fall, and the Hawks mark the 6-foot-3 point guard's sixth team. He has said he expects to be ready for training camp.

For Denver, they were looking to clear salary to stay under the luxury tax. Brooklyn also has D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, at the point after acquiring him from the Lakers.

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