Los Angeles Lakers free agent point guard Jeremy Lin will sign with the Charlotte Hornets, Lin announced on his Instagram page. Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Lin's deal will be for two years and around $4 million. The five-year veteran was acquired by the Lakers last offseason in a trade with the Houston Rockets in which the Lakers agreed to take on the last year of Lin's contract in exchange for Houston's 2015 first round pick, which the Lakers used to select forward Larry Nance, Jr 27th overall.
Lin averaged 11.2 points on 42.4% shooting to go with 4.6 assists in 74 games during the 2014-15 season for the Lakers. Lin and the Lakers never seemed to show serious interest in a free agency reunion, as the guard and head coach Byron Scott could not seem to gel over the course of the season as Lin was used in a variety of roles, going from starter, to bench player, or even out of the rotation entirely. The Lakers also selected Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell with their second overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, as well as signing combo guard and reigning 2015 Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams to fill out their three guard rotation with returning sophomore Jordan Clarkson, making point guard less of a position of need for the purple and gold.
"Going into my first true free agency as an NBA player this off-season, the one thing that mattered to me the most was finding a team that would be a good fit for me," Lin wrote on Facebook, "I wanted to be on a team where I would be able to play freely and truly play the game I love with joy again. That has always been the most important thing to me."
Lin has decided that place is Charlotte, where he will provide additional point guard depth behind Kemba Walker after a mostly lost season in Los Angeles. Despite the difficult year, Lin still thanked the Lakers organization and the city of Los Angeles for their support in his post.