It’s unlikely Jeremy Lin will be in a Lakers uniform next season. With the recent play of fellow point guard Jordan Clarkson, and the team’s desire to bring in more stable options for their backcourt, it seems “Linsanity” is going to be short-lived in Hollywood.
With Lin’s time in Los Angeles seemingly over, what does the future have in store for him? It doesn’t seem plausible that after failed tenures in Houston and L.A. that Lin will be a starting point guard for any NBA franchise. However, Lin has become a solid rotation player for a team looking to add a three-point shooter and passer.
Lin has shown that he can thrive in a bench role. Last season, while playing with the Houston Rockets, Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists in what was mostly a sixth-man role with the Houston Rockets. This season has been much of the same for Lin, whose defensive limitations have taken him from starter to the bench.
There is no clear-cut answer about what Lin will do in the off-season. When speaking to the Los Angeles Times he didn’t give too much insight to his plans.
“I’m not going to answer any of those free agency questions until after the season. I’ll discuss that later.”
Lin is in the final year of a three-year $25 million deal he signed with Houston. The contract was given to him after a stellar season in New York City, where he averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists for the Knicks during the 2011-12 season.
There is no clear-cut answer as to where Lin will play next season. Because of his defensive lapses it’s going to be a struggle to find a team willing to give him significant minutes, but there is still a market for Lin.
Just don’t expect him to sign a $25 million contract.