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NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin Trade Rumors Confirmed? Linsanity Grabs Free Agency to Exit Kemba Walker Squad

( [email protected] ) Apr 18, 2016 12:09 PM EDT
The Charlotte Hornets have always been the underdogs in the NBA since the season started. Hence, the entry of Jeremy Lin in the roster boosted the confidence of the Michael Jordan team. After all, the Linsanity had figured prominently in the success of the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets in the past. However, things took an odd turn when the Charlotte Hornets opted to bench Lin - only deciding to give him a few minutes to rest Kemba Walker or Courtney Lee. Given his talent and reputation in the hardwood court, the Linsanity is said to be open to NBA trade talks once the season is over.
Feb 3, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives to the basket during the second half of the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Hornets win 106-97. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets have always been the underdogs in the NBA since the season started. Hence, the entry of Jeremy Lin in the roster boosted the confidence of the Michael Jordan team. After all, the Linsanity had figured prominently in the success of the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets in the past. However, things took an odd turn when the Charlotte Hornets opted to bench Lin - only deciding to give him a few minutes to rest Kemba Walker or Courtney Lee. Given his talent and reputation on the hardwood court, the Linsanity is said to be open to NBA trade talks once the season is over.

Jeremy Lin has been coy in his responses when asked on the possibility of his exit from the Charlotte Hornets. In an earlier Gospel Herald report, the Asian star's reason for signing with the Nicolas Batum team was revealed. According to Lin, a smaller NBA team would allow his to grow and develop his game without the pressure of living up to the big names in the organization. That is, the Charlotte Hornets offered him less pressure compared with his time playing alongside Carmelo Anthony, James Harden and Kobe Bryant. However, Lin's recent comments appear to be hinting at his desire to go out and play for bigger teams once again.

"People are really, really cordial out here, so it's been a good experience," shared Lin of Charlotte. However, he added, "It is a smaller city, so sometimes I do miss the bigger-city feel. Really what I miss the most is the West Coast. I just miss California a lot. I miss home."

He continued to share, "There's no traffic, which is a big deal coming from L.A. Sometimes I miss being able to get Asian food, or get Asian dessert, or stuff like that. I miss seeing Asian people. ... But we travel enough, and I get to see my friends a lot. It's all good."

These comments, albeit uttered coyly and casually by Lin, are taken as possible indicators of his future with the Charlotte Hornets. With only two NBA teams in Los Angeles, fans are wondering if Lin would go back to the Los Angeles Lakers - a team that has a huge cap space following the exit of Kobe Bryant. Or will Lin try a new team with the Los Angeles Clippers? Will the Linsanity era come back if he gets the chance to play alongside Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan?

For these questions, Lin turns to faith. He shared, "It kind of goes in line with my whole theme of just being able to let go and trust God." Lin further commented of his free agency, "I'm not worried about it. I really am not. I've told my agents, 'Look, don't talk to me about free agency.' ... I don't want to talk about anything related to Sixth Man, I don't want to talk about any of that stuff. The only thing I care about right now is playing well and enjoying this playoff run."


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