One year, $13.8 million due for a veteran guard may not be a bad price for a team looking to contend for a playoff spot or championship run this season but for the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks it means something else entirely. On Thursday night the Hawks and Brooklyn Nets put a trade into play that will a 2016 second round draft selection and a 2020 second round pick (top 55 protected) to the Brooklyn Nets for Jeremy Lin and a 2025 second round pick and the right to swap second round picks with the Nets in 2023.
The trade is still in the process of being finalized accoring to reports.
The addition of Lin, who missed a chunk of the 2017-18 season with an injury, to a roster that is already dealing with a backcourt of veteran point guard Dennis Schroder and 2018 fifth overall pick Trae Young is not necessarily a good move. Rumors of Schroder being traded in the near future are just that, rumors. Schroder has two years left on his current contract and as of this very moment has all of the levearge with that contract being quite public and no teams in the league in a hurry to helo the Hawks dump salary and what feels like a disgruntled player in Schroder.
The good: Lin would be on the books for just one year.
The bad: The Hawks do not need another point guard, expecially if they cannot trade Schroder before the start of the season.