In a flurry of moves by the Nets on Thursday, Lin was shipped down to Atlanta while the two clubs swapped future second-round picks. Lin, who is working his way from a devastating patellar tendon rupture suffered on opening night last season, has made progress throughout the summer and moved up to taking contact as of last week. The rebuilding Hawks figure to have a role for Lin once he's healthy, but the club will also be looking to get lottery pick Trae Young into the backcourt mix as soon as possible.
Lin (knee) has progressed to taking contact, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Lin, who ruptured his patellar tendon during the first game of the 2017-18 campaign, has been making steady progress. Now taking contact, it appears safe to chalk Lin in for participation in training camp. During 2016-17, his first year with Brooklyn, he saw 24.5 minutes per game. But, he could have trouble reaching that mark this year with D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie in the fold at point guard, plus fair depth at shooting guard.
Lin (knee) is working out at full speed but still hasn't been able to take contact, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Lin is almost nine months removed from rupturing his patellar tendon at the very beginning of the season, and this current update on his progress seems to put him right on track to be ready in time for training camp this offseason. However, his draft stock should understandably be curbed heading into next season, as he's only played in 37 games since 2016 and will be competing for playing time with D'Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie.
Lin (knee) has progressed to going through "all of" the non-contact drills, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports. Coach Kenny Atkinson was reportedly impressed with Lin's recovery.
Lin ruptured his patellar tendon during the team's season opener this year, and there's been little word regarding his recovery, though it was noted in mid-December that he could resume running and jumping in April -- a prediction that has held true. He also opted into his $12.5 million player option for the upcoming 2018-19 campaign back in early February, so he'll be back with the Nets for next season. That said, with the myriad of backcourt options available in Brooklyn, including D'Angelo Russell, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert and Allen Crabbe, it's not exactly clear what Lin's role will be moving forward.
Lin (knee) has opted in to his $12.5 million player option for the upcoming 2018-19 season, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.
Lin, who ruptured his patellar tendon in the team's season opener this year, has decided that staying with the Nets is his best option in the immediate future. That's not necessarily surprising, as the 30-year-old has played just 37 games during his first two years with Brooklyn, leaving some questions about his durability and possible effectiveness when healthy. That said, it's difficult to get too speculative about his role next season while we're still in February. It does seem fair to assume, however, that the team would prioritize D'Angelo Russell's development over Lin's when it comes to playing time.
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