Jeremy Lin Officially Opts Out Of Contract With Charlotte Hornets

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Jun. 23 2016, Updated 12:49 a.m. ET

In a move that did not shock many in the NBA, Jeremy Lin has decided to become a free agent. According to ESPN, he has now officially declined his option year with the Charlotte Hornets. Though Lin might return to the team, he is now free to explore his options.

The reason why people are not shocked that Jeremy Lin is opting out of his contract is because he was set to only make $2.2 million next season. The rising salary cap in the NBA will definitely make Lin a much richer man this fall. The combination guard can command much more than that.

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At 28 years of age, Jeremy Lin would be wise to start thinking about his financial future. Though he is certainly far from being ancient, he needs to start making as much money as he can while he is still in the NBA. Capitalizing this summer would be the start of that plan.

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Jeremy Lin didn’t put up out of this world stats last season with the Charlotte Hornets. His 11.7 points and three assists per game weren’t going to make anyone an NBA All-Star. However, Lin did show that he could be a very valuable asset as a rotation player.

There is talk that Jeremy Lin might seek out a starting job somewhere in the NBA. That makes a lot of sense, because ambitious players want to be on the basketball court as much as possible. Immediately accepting a role player gig isn’t something that Lin is going to do.

As a third or fourth guard in the rotation, Jeremy Lin should have no problems finding a home in the NBA. He’s great at that. Lin provides explosiveness off the bench. He’s a wonderful change-of-pace type of back court player. Coaches love having that when they want to control the tempo of the game.

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