NBA free agency: Lakers reach out to Jeremy Lin

Lakers#17 Jeremy Lin shoots, but can not hit a 3-pointer against Nuggets#3 Ty Lawson and Nuggets#00 Darrell Arthur in the 4th quarter. The Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 106-96 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA February 10, 2015.  (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Lakers#17 Jeremy Lin shoots, but can not hit a 3-pointer against Nuggets#3 Ty Lawson and Nuggets#00 Darrell Arthur in the 4th quarter. The Denver Nuggets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 106-96 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA February 10, 2015. (Photos by John McCoy / Los Angeles Daily News)

Despite a lone season here filled with frustration over his own inconsistency, a fluctuating role and an unconventional offense, a possible Jeremy Lin partnership with the Lakers is not entirely over.

The Lakers expressed interest in retaining Lin after free agency began on Tuesday night, according to a league source familiar with the situation. Lin also fielded interest from several teams, including Dallas, Memphis, Indiana, Chicago, San Antonio and the Clippers, according to a league source. But before free agency began, both the Lakers and Lin felt lukewarm about a reunion for several reasons.

Although he experienced relative improvement throughout the 2014-15 season, Lin felt uncomfortable under Byron Scott’s offensive system that put less emphasis on pick-and-rolls. He initially struggled sharing ball-handling duties. After 19 games, Lin lost his starting spot to veteran Ronnie Price in hopes the Lakers could offset a 5-15 start. Lin lost his starting spot again for good in January so rookie guard Jordan Clarkson could develop.

The odds of Lin returning to the Lakers appeared even more unlikely after selection Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. That would cement Lin as a third-string point guard. Although he has downplayed the importance of starting or coming off the bench, Lin considers it a priority to join on a team where he both feels comfortable in the offense and plays a significant role.

Lin averaged 11.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting, 4.6 assists and 2.2 turnovers through 74 games, numbers that nearly mirrored his career average through five NBA seasons.


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  • khyberjones

    Depending on how other dominoes fall, Sacramento, Utah, NYK, Orlando, NO, Phx, Phi, Bklyn, Tor should also be interested in him.

    • damon houston

      Mavs too

  • Kozmo Koz

    he should tell the Lakers to go screw themselves. The 10 games prior to being benched he was shooting 49% and averaging 15 and 6 a game. Byron Scott is the worst coach in the NBA….Lin should run as fast as he can

    • damon houston

      Yup 15 and 6 and shooting almost 50, 40, 80

      • Kozmo Koz

        Yea whats really funny is the Lakers just missed out on Aldridge…. No one wants to play there with Kobe….they aren’t going to be any better….crazy!

        • Kwok Wai Lai

          They didn’t draft a big man and it is highly likely that they couldn’t recruit a max contract free agent big man. How on the earth can this team survive with just D’Angelo Russell. It beats me.
          No all-star big man is going to play for Lakers.

          • Kozmo Koz

            They’re not. Jeremy Lin was a better PG at THIS POINT than this kid. He’s not fast, He’s just ok and Kobe Bryant who is just KILLING this franchise with his contract and his play and his “no one wants to play with him” because he’s a jerk. This team is going to be AWFL again and it won’t be Lins fault this season. And they have the worst coach in the NBA

            So there ya go….

          • KcLakerfan4life

            Are you a real Laker Fan,a Lyn fan or just trolling?

          • Lin Win

            Don’t worry at least i get to laugh more at Byron’s “reactive” basketball with 3 rookies!

    • Shaolin_Master

      noticed the writer don’t put the minutes stats and the suspicious photo description clearly exposes his purpose.

    • Luciano

      You got that right about Bryon Scott, the guy is the pits of all coaches. The Lakers isn’t going anywhere as long as he is still the head coach.

  • yogi

    Byron Scott is the wrong coac for this team..He is on the clock.

    • Rick

      Who would you ratehr have? Aside from Popovich, there aren’t many superstar coaches out there. I wish we could could bring Pop here, but it will never happen. Once Duncan is done, he’s done.

      • p452833

        I’d take any coach from girl’s junior high who knows the importance of 3-pointer, P&R, when to foul, and Kobe can’t play more than 20 minutes per game.

  • ConAim

    Faker are more likely going to tanking mode for another year. No stars are going to join them as long as they still harboring Cobe and BS (a master Tank’s coach).

    • Chris Chevk

      No reason to tank. They don’t have a pick next year.

  • Easy Runner

    Lin was the victim of the Lakers last season, they tried to protect their (1-5 protected) pick and not much interested to win too many games(tanking), either he’s playing good or bad, he would be sent to the bench.

  • Dusty Booker

    bryon scott is a joke..he’s a loser. The fakers aren’t going anywhere soon. Bank that.

  • KadoRestavek

    As a Clippers fan, I’d gladly take him…

  • TheSportsAuthority

    Iman Shumpert can get $10M per?!?! Wow.

    If Jeremy Lin says with LA I’m done with this kid. He’s an unrestricted FA and there are teams that respect what he can do. He needs to pick one that give him an opportunity to contribute to winning or one that will give him the opportunity to lead a team.

    Based on the list it would seem only playoff teams want him so his chances of starting would be slim but at least that’s a sign of respect.

    It’s obvious the kid can play. He’s certainly good enough to start in the NBA and absolutely should be a rotation player anywhere. Love to see him go to SA but that will never happen.

  • AkoyPekpekLover

    With the stupid coach still with Lakers, forget about the Lakers.

  • Luciano

    What’s the point? They have drafted a PG and Bryon Scott is still the coach, forget about it! Jeremy Lin deserves better, he always get shafted. He should go to a heavy pick and roll team with a head coach that truly supports him and let him flourish.

  • Jake

    As long as KB and SB are with the lakers, Lin, get out NOW !

    Lin should iMessage Kobe ” screw you and bye ” after he cleans up his locker and exits Staple center.