Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin may well have played his last game for the franchise as a knee injury could force him to miss the final three games of the season.
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Lin has missed the last two games for the Lakers after featuring in 74 previously, and there is a real possibility that he could be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season.
With the franchise out of playoff contention many weeks ago, Lin has been linked with a move elsewhere this summer and so he may well have already played his last home game at the Staples Center.
“An MRI exam on Lin’s knee showed a cartilage abnormality that was not considered serious. The abnormality was consistent with post-surgery results from a knee procedure Lin had in 2012. He was listed as day-to-day by the team,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
The former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks star is the second-highest paid player on the roster, and with the franchise looking to rebuild in free agency this summer, he is likely to be one of the first to leave in order to continue to free up cap space.
His stay in Los Angeles hasn’t worked out as he had hoped even though his numbers are relatively respectable, while he has also received criticism from both Byron Scott and Nick Young at times this year.
While Lin will land elsewhere in the league on a more respectable contract, it will be the end of his time as a Laker and on the face of it, it would appear to be the best scenario for both parties if he were to move on.
The Lakers are expected to move for Rajon Rondo this summer to fill the point guard slot with Kobe Bryant returning to feature in the back-court, while the emergence of Jordan Clarkson has undoubtedly been one of the brighter spots of the season.