Charlotte Hornets: Life Continues After Jeremy Lin Departure

Aug 18, 2016 08:51 PM EDT
The Charlotte Hornets are not wallowing in despair after the loss of Jeremy Lin and other key players throughout the free agency period, looking forward to making a statement on the court in the 2016-17 NBA season.
Jeremy Lin visited Taiwan June 10-17 and China (June 18-25) as part of his annual Asia tour. Reuters

If there is one thing that everyone should know about life, it would be this: no one is indispensable in any organization or team. The same can be said for sporting institutions, where sporting greats might be the fulcrum of a team, the team itself will not end up losing every single match without their superstar either through injury or a transfer. The departure of point guard Jeremy Lin from the Charlotte Hornets, alongside other key players during the free agency period have not perturbed the team executives of the Charlotte Hornets, as they retain confidence of performing well in the coming 2016-17 NBA season.

Now that is certainly the spirit to show and move forward, don’t you think so? After all, if the top executives of the team have not exhibited such an attitude, how else would one expect the remaining players in the Charlotte Hornets to feel? They might as well give up and could even have a sense of worthlessness and hopelessness.

It is definitely a rough summer for the Charlotte Hornets, where they saw the departure of several key players in the free agent market. However, the franchise has managed to ensure that shooting guard Nicolas Batum remained as Batum put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract which is worth a cool $120 million. Other players who had breakout seasons in 2015-16 decided to leave for what they have deemed to be greener pastures, and no doubt, a better remuneration package elsewhere.

Jeremy Lin himself was the backup point guard, and he decided to shift his home court to the Brooklyn Nets on a three-year deal that is worth $36 million. It is not all about the money, however, as we would think that all Jeremy Lin wanted was to play as opposed to warming the bench at the beginning of most matches, since the deal with the Brooklyn Nets will also see Jeremy obtain a starting role. No one wants to be a benchwarmer, and this is evident from the crazy world of soccer where insanely paid players are willing to move to a different country and for far less pay in order to play as many matches as possible.

Apart from Jeremy Lin’s departure, center Al Jefferson too, has decided on a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers that cost $30 million, with shooting guard Courtney Lee settling for the New York Knicks on a four-year deal that is worth a cool $50 million.


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