The Brooklyn Nets need to sell tickets and increase local viewship on their broadcasts.
One guy who might help in both those areas? Jeremy Lin. And the Nets are going to go hard after him, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.
If you want another connection, new Nets coach Kenny Atkinson was an assistant to Mike D’Antoni with the Knicks back in the Linsanity days.
While Lin’s numbers last season were similar to previous years, he looked more comfortable on the court in Charlotte. He averaged 11.7 points and three assists per game mostly in a sixth-man role for the Hornets — he had the ball in his hands more than in Houston or Los Angeles, which allowed him to play to his strengths of attacking and creating.
In Brooklyn, with Brook Lopez as his pick-and-roll partner, Lin could do some damage and have a good season. Add a couple of shooters around them and the Nets will not suck (which should be their goal after last season).
Lin has other options. Charlotte would like to retain him, but it will be difficult because they have several key free agents and have rightly prioritized re-signing Nicolas Batum. When other teams strike out on Mike Conley Lin will get calls.
Wherever Lin lands, he’s going to make a whole lot more than the $2.2 million he had to settle for a year ago.