Oft-injured Nets point guard Jeremy Lin has opted into his $12.5MM option for next season, tweets ESPN’s Zach Lowe. Lin went down with a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon on opening night and has been rehabbing since.
The 29-year-old has only appeared in a combined 37 games with the Nets in his first two seasons. A series of hamstring injuries and setbacks limited Lin to just 36 games in 2016/17. It was widely expected that Lin would opt-in to the final year of his contract as he would likely not receive a comparable salary as a free agent this summer due to his injuries.
Lin spoke to reporters for the first time since he went down with the injury last week. He said his recovery is going smoothly and that he expects to be ready for training camp next season, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.
“Shoot, if I am not [ready by training camp], there’s issues,” Lin said.
There has been speculation Lin may tone down his game when he returns to avoid another major injury. However, the Harvard product put that speculation to rest during his chat with reporters as he plans on playing the same way once he returns to full strength.
“I am not going to change the bread and butter of who I am, which is downhill, attacking, dynamic playmaking. I will always be that player,” Lin said. “Maybe the type of risks … I don’t know, I never really saw them as risks, but what we will see is probably a similar style but in a safer way.”