Jeremy Lin has appeared in 74 games this season, but with only three games remaining on the schedule, he may have already played his last as a member of the Lakers.
Lin has missed the team’s last two contests with a sore left knee, and with L.A. having nothing left to play for, there’s no reason for even slightly banged-up players to even bother to suit up.
He wants to finish out the season, all three games that remain, but free agency is just over the horizon for the team’s second-highest paid player.
Lin has been in and out of the starting lineup in his only season with the Lakers, averaging 11.2 points while shooting 42.4%, numbers slightly below his career averages. …
An MRI exam on Lin’s knee showed a cartilage abnormality that was not considered serious. The abnormality was consistent with post-surgery results from a knee procedure Lin had in 2012. He was listed as day-to-day by the team.
Scott declined to discuss Lin’s future with the Lakers, with good reason.
Byron Scott — and hilariously, Nick Young — have both been rough on Lin at times during this season, the worst ever in the history of the storied Lakers franchise.
It was always a long shot for Lin to return next season. The Lakers only agreed to take on his bloated salary because his contract expired after this year, and the Rockets gave L.A. a first round draft pick for doing so.
He’ll end up somewhere as a free agent on a more reasonable contract in the future, but Lin’s days with the Lakers might just have ended a few days earlier than expected.