Earlier this month, a day after Jeremy Lin instructed The Put up he was assured he wouldn’t be traded as a result of he hadn’t heard that he can be from Nets brass, he received shipped to Atlanta.
Contemplating Lin’s age and accidents, and the Nets’ stage of their rebuilding, the commerce was a no brainer. But it surely seemingly was a shock for Lin, and clearly traumatic for his followers, who’ve taken the commerce onerous and lashed out at basic supervisor Sean Marks.
The night time earlier than the deal, Lin instructed The Put up: “I didn’t [get a call from the Nets]. My agent referred to as me simply to make clear. However no, I don’t assume there’s any reality to it.”
Lin, nevertheless, received that decision within the morning and was traded to the Hawks simply hours later.
“I up to date him,” Marks stated. “And this stuff can occur fairly rapidly. Summer season league, Vegas, possibly it’s a little bit just like the winter conferences for baseball the place everyone is there and it provides everyone a chance to proceed to speak and hash some issues out.
“I talked to Jeremy that morning, and clearly issues transpired fairly rapidly. I talked to him once more afterwards, and he dealt with it like a real skilled and gentleman. It’s a tricky resolution for everyone. I actually don’t like having to make these calls, however on the finish of the day that comes with the territory, and he dealt with it terrific and we want him nothing however the most effective.”
The Put up reported final month the Nets have been seeking to transfer Lin, who was on an expiring $12.5 million deal, however had missed 127 of 164 video games with the staff resulting from hamstring and knee accidents. As a result of Lin is popping 30 subsequent month and the Nets are rebuilding off a 28-54 marketing campaign, they have been clearly on completely different timelines.
The Nets appeared into free agent Jabari Parker. However contemplating his price and disinterest in protection (“They don’t pay gamers to play protection,” he instructed 670 The Rating), they opted to commerce Isaiah Whitehead to Denver, bringing again first- and second-round picks, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, then flipping Arthur to Phoenix for Jared Dudley and one other second-rounder.
None of that might have been attainable with out additionally buying and selling Lin.
“I’ve received to thank Jeremy for what he’s executed right here,” Marks stated. “It was terrific having him round, having him in our constructing. He actually helped with the tradition. His work ethic is unprecedented, so for all of our youthful guys and the older guys alike to see how onerous he works at his craft but additionally his rehabilitation.
“Sadly for him, loads of it was spent rehabbing. His time right here was nice. Clearly I’d assume he’d say the identical factor, he wished he was on the courtroom extra.”
The morning after the commerce, Lin tweeted, “Discover pleasure in your journey!!” adopted up a number of days later with “Don’t settle!!” and “Deal with your personal!!”
Former Web teammates DeMarre Carroll and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson reached out on social media, and when a fan requested Lin if he was already in Atlanta he replied, “not but however my thoughts is.”
Lin’s followers have had a more durable time letting go, calling Marks a “liar” and a “snake” who ought to “go to hell,” accusing him of “betraying” Lin.
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