The Indiana Pacers have been busy to start free agency, and are reportedly trying to close a three-year, $32 million contract with Monta Ellis today. According to a report from Mark Medina, the Pacers are also showing interest in signing point guard Jeremy Lin this offseason.
Lin was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade last offseason, but failed to live up to the high expectations that were set for him. He didn’t play a bad season, but he ended up coming off the bench. Indiana isn’t expected to bring backup point guard C.J. Watson back in 2015-15, which would open up minutes as George Hill’s backup for Lin.
During the 2014-15 season with the Lakers, Lin ended up averaging 11.2 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. He shot 42.4 percent from the field overall and 36.9 percent from behind the three-point arc. Indiana is trying to move to a faster offensive tempo this coming season, and Lin would fit into that move very well.
At just 26 years old, Lin is still in his prime and could be a very solid option for the Pacers for the next few seasons. Everything will depend on how much money Lin is looking to get in free agency, but he won’t be able to ask for too much after the season that he had last year.
Indiana isn’t the only team interested in signing Lin, as the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers have all shown interest since free agency opened.
Larry Bird is looking to make some big moves this offseason, and this would be exactly the type of player that they are looking to sign. Indiana is looking to bounce back from an injury plagued season last year and get back to being one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Lin could be a nice role player and a key piece off the bench to help make those hopes a reality.