Oct. 15, 2016
Jeremy Lin considered signing with the Pelicans in the offseason
On the first day of the NBA's free-agency period, Jeremy Lin actually considered signing with the New Orleans Pelicans. But after a rough night of sleep, he decided to join the Brooklyn Nets because he felt this was the team that was going to help him excel as a basketball player.
According to an ESPN report, sources told them that Lin was very intrigued by the idea of playing with Anthony Davis under Alvin Gentry’s D'Antoni-inspired (7 seconds or less) offense. But the Pelicans were not willing to shell out the same type of contract as the Nets. Also, Brooklyn treated Lin as a top priority.
"This is where I want to be," said Lin, who inked a three-year, $36 million deal with Brooklyn that includes a player option in the final year. "I feel this is the best place for me to become the player I think I can become. I want to see how good I can become and be a big part of an organization, and that's what they gave me here."
And this, so far, has been the better choice for Lin. In two preseason games with the Nets, Lin is showing us that he is comfortable with his new team, and more importantly, is confident with his game as he is averaging over 60 percent from the field (12-19, and 7-11 from beyond the arc). In total, he is averaging 18.5 points, three rebounds, and three assists in under 21 minutes of play per game.
Also, if he hadn’t singed with the Nets, him and big man Brook Lopez wouldn’t have the nickname Brook-Lin, which would have made the world a little more boring. So how do you think this duo will do this season? Will they guide the Nets to a playoff spot? Let me know in the comments below.