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.
Lin (knee) could be cleared to resume running and jumping in April, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
Since rupturing his patellar tendon in the Nets' season opener and subsequently being ruled out for the rest of the campaign, Lin has been rehabbing in Vancouver. The point guard seems to be progressing well in his recovery, and the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for the start of the 2018-19 season. Lin will turn 31 years old in May and has been limited to just 37 games in his first two years with Brooklyn due to injury, leaving serious question marks about how effective he'll be once he's healthy again.
Lin suffered a patellar tendon rupture in Wednesday's season opener against the Pacers and will miss the rest of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lin played 25 minutes and scored 18 points Wednesday night before going down with the injury. It's a tough blow for the Nets, who had high expectations for their starting backcourt of Lin and newcomer D'Angelo Russell. The Nets will have a few options with Lin out, with Allen Crabbe most likely to get the start at shooting guard in his absence, but Sean Kilpatrick and Spencer Dinwiddie could also see extended minutes in Lin's absence due to their ball-handling capabilities.
Lin had to leave Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pacers with a right knee injury and he'll undergo further evaluation in New York on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Lin attacked the basket late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's contest and was knocked to the floor by a pair of Pacer defenders. He was clearly in a ton of pain while holding his knee and eventually limped off the court to the locker room. The Nets fear that Lin's knee injury could be substantial, but he's expected to undergo additional tests Thursday, which should give us a better indication on how severe it actually is.
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