The NBA got busy last night. First the Denver Nuggets made two moves themselves, signing Isaiah Thomas and trading Kenneth Faried. The Brooklyn Nets, who got Faried, weren’t done there. Then they traded point guard Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
“In the Jeremy Lin deal, Atlanta sends the Nets the rights to 2016 second-round pick Isaia Cordinier (you’ll probably never see him). Atlanta gets a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap picks with Nets in 2023.”
Sure it’s no Kawhi Leonard trade, but I’m sure we’ll get there.
In the meantime, the Hawks are in a period of transition. After 10 straight postseason appearances, they won just 24 games last year. Mike Budenholzer is no longer their head coach; he’s in Milwaukee now. And in the Lin deal, the Hawks are absorbing the entirety of his $12.5 million salary. Lin, though, is coming off a season-ending injury (ruptured patellar tendon).
But during the 2016-17 season, he put up 14.5 points, 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals for the Nets. That said, his per 36 minutes totals look even better: 21.3 points, 7.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals. All while averaging just 24.5 minutes per game. Needless to say, that’s pretty damn efficient.
After acquiring Trae Young in the NBA draft, Lin’s arrival likely opens the door for a Dennis Schröder trade. The 24-year-old point guard put up 19.4 points and 6.4 assists a season ago (22.5 points, 7.2 assists per 36 minutes), but he wants out. And a couple of days ago, he addressed his preference. Schröder wants to be traded to either the Indiana Pacers or Milwaukee Bucks. We’re not saying it’s imminent, but it sure looks inevitable.
With Lin exiting, it means that both D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie will be Brooklyn’s primary point guards. The Nets and Hawks may not win a lot of games this season, but at least they’ll be interesting.