Jeremy Lin Is Who The Philadelphia 76ers Need

Jeremy Lin

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Jeremy Lin may be on the trading block this season. He told reporters that the coaches lost faith in him last season at a youth conference in Tapei, China. Lin can be the point the Philadelphia 76ers can use, given they are low in point guards.

Lin would immediately be an upgrade at the point and give the Sixers a star they need to help in their rebuilding process. Plus, his marketability factor in drawing in crowds to home games and increase fan-gear sales would give the Sixers a major financial and marketing boost.

The only difficulty with acquiring Lin is his “poison pill” contract. He’s going into the second year of his three-year, $25 million contract, with a fourth-year option. The Sixers don’t have many desirable players or contracts to entice the Houston Rockets in trading for Lin. The Sixers are also looking to clear as much cap space in order to attract a superstar like Lebron James in next summer’s free agent sweepstakes or to draft Andrew Wiggins.

The Sixers would have to sacrifice a few future draft picks, Spencer HawesEvan Turner and take on the contract of Omer Asik in order for this trade to happen. Asik makes the same as Lin so it would be very difficult to make this trade go through, unless the Sixers got another team involved.

Lin struggled last season, averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 assists after coming off a breakout season with the New York Knicks. He was also plagued by injuries and had to compete with Patrick Beverly for minutes at point guard.

The Sixers are slim at the point guard spot with rookie Michael Carter-Williams and Royal Ivey handling the ball. Lin would be an upgrade over both players considering Carter-Williams struggled during the summer league and Ivey averages 3.3 points and 1 assists during his 9 year career.

Plus, Lin would not have to distribute the ball to a player like James Harden who has the ball most of the time.  Lin would have flexibility to take better shots or be able to make better decisions distributing the ball.

The Sixers can use someone with his high basketball IQ who can play score, distribute and most importantly play defense. Lin averaged 1.6 steals putting him among the league leaders in that category last season.

Linsanity would continue if he was a Sixer, the only thing holding this back is his salary.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Tim Nguyen

    I completely agree with this and this deal makes sense for a lot of reasons. Lin wouldn’t be missed much in Houston, they have Patrick Beverly would could easily replace him, and with Parsons, Howard, and Harden, they wouldn’t miss Lin’s scoring either. Philly would give him a chance to be a star again, pair up with a young good center like Noel and role players around him that would not have a problem with him shooting 15-20 times per game. Lin can easily be a 20-10 guy, an All Star and the next big basketball superstar Philly has lacked since Allen Iverson. The Linsanity revival in Philly, I like it!!

  • Whitman Lam

    Lin is staying in Houston for the duration of his contract. By now the media has driven down the man’s value so much, no NBA team would give up a 2050 protected 2nd round draft pick for him.