The Atlanta Hawks are nearing a buyout with veteran point guard Jeremy Lin after failing to trade him at the deadline. Lin will likely join a contender while the Hawks rebuild continues.
The Atlanta Hawks trade deadline left a lot of questions to be answered for Hawks’ fans. The lack of moves was surprising considering the fact the Hawks have plenty of veterans on their roster. It seems doubtful Atlanta didn’t have at least one offer for Lin or other veterans and now will move on from them without compensation.
Lin and the Hawks are nearing a buyout that will send Lin to a contending team. Giving him a chance to play meaningful minutes instead of dwindling minutes behind an emerging rookie.
Moving to a contender and likely receiving more meaningful minutes is the right move for Jeremy Lin. It is hard to find any fault in the point guard wanting to move on and win while he is healthy.
For the Hawks, however, it is puzzling they didn’t manage to move him or any other veteran. Hanging onto all of their core veteran pieces Atlanta stood pat at the deadline as if they were a contending team.
Not moving one veteran for a future asset was a frustrating move for a team who is supposedly rebuilding. Now Lin and other veterans will likely leave Atlanta and join contenders while Atlanta continues to rebuild.
Lin has had a solid season in Atlanta and is likely joining a Raptors team that is quickly improving in a strong East.
Lin is averaging 10.7 points a minute and will be a great bench piece on whatever contender he lands with. His time in Atlanta has helped to put his career back on track and the Hawks and their fans should wish him nothing but the best.
For the Hawks, this will allow even heavier minutes for young players as Atlanta continues to focus on their future and contending again in the seasons to come.