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The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly pushing to trade point guard Jeremy Lin, but the market is “weak” according to Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.
Lin hasn’t had the impact that he would have hoped for this season, as he has struggled to hold down a starting role under coach Byron Scott.
As a result, the Lakers are reportedly shopping him ahead of the trade deadline on February 19 but according to speculation, they are finding it a little harder than they would have hoped to move him on.
“He still would make a good back-up point guard, and the Lakers would move him if they could get an asset in return, but the market is weak,” Deveney reports.
The 26-year-old is still a talented piece for any roster, but with his $8.4m contract standing against the cap, he is an expensive one for most teams.
It is more than likely that Lin will hit free agency in the summer and get picked up by a team on a smaller contract and produce as a solid back-up point guard.
Given that he is a decent player to have on the rotation and has various offensive attributes, it will give him the opportunity to not have to live up to high expectations and play basketball under the radar.
As ‘Linsanity’ continues to fade away, it might actually be a positive thing for his career in the long-run as he has unlikely done enough for Scott to warrant discussions of returning to the Staples Center next season.