Linsanity is on his way to Atlanta. The Brooklyn Nets have traded Jeremy Lin to the Atlanta Hawks then acquired Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, a 2019 protected first-round pick and a future second-round pick from the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Lin played just 25 minutes last season for Brooklyn before rupturing his patellar tendon in the opener against Indiana. He will play alongside rookie point guard Trae Young, as well as starting guard Dennis Schroder. It is unclear if Schroder is in Atlanta’s plans beyond this summer.
Lin has never recaptured the magic he displayed during the brief “Linsanity” period when he was a member of the Knicks in 2011-12, but he is still a solid backcourt scorer and can stretch opposing defenses with his outside shot.
The deal is a cap dump for the Nuggets, who will shed more than $21 million in salary and even more in luxury tax savings by dealing Faried and Arthur to Brooklyn. It hold Brooklyn’s position as big players in the 2019 free agency class with Faried and Arthur’s contracts expiring at the end of this season.
Brooklyn projects to have $51.2 million in cap space in 2019, and they have the ability to create $70 million, which will allow them to sign two max free agents next summer. It also lands the Nets yet another first-round pick.
With majority of the NBA’s top talent out in the Western Conference, an Eastern Conference team like the Brooklyn Nets, with a ton of cap space could be intriguing to many in the summer of 2019.