Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Jeremy Lin traded to Hawks

Jeremy Lin traded to Hawks

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to trade Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks.

It is unclear what else the Nets will receive in return.

Russell could be in line for a rookie-scale extension, but he will have to show more than what he has during his 48 games as a Net to warrant the franchise taking a long-term gamble on his future.

Lin has a year and $12.5 million left on the contract he signed two summers ago.

Lin became the first player in National Basketball Association history with at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first five starts before undergoing left knee surgery in March to end his season.

Lin arrives in Atlanta after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee in the Nets' first game of the 2017-2018 season.

Now, Lin will have to find room in Atlanta, where point guard Dennis Schroder was the Hawks' leading scorer last season.

The Hawks will be the seventh team for Lin, the undrafted former Harvard star who memorably broke out with the Knicks during his run of Linsanity in February 2012.

Lin, who turns 30 next month, was the first U.S. player of Chinese or Taiwan heritage to play in the National Basketball Association when he joined the Golden State Warriors in 2010. In order to take on the salary in the Denver deal, the Atlanta trade must be completed first. A hamstring injury limited him to 36 games in the 2016-17 season.

The Nets had acquired Whitehead in a draft night trade with Utah in 2016.

Lin has averaged 12.0 points, 4.5 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals a game over 406 National Basketball Association appearances.

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