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Point guard Jeremy Lin didn’t think he was going to get traded by the Brooklyn Nets the night before the franchise sent him to the Atlanta Hawks, according to Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
Lin told the Post that he hadn’t heard from the Nets’ brass regarding the trade rumors centered around him.
“I didn’t get a call from the Nets,” Lin told the Post. “My agent called me just to clarify. But no, I don’t think there’s any truth to it.”
Lin made those statements the night before he was traded to the Hawks. The guard got a call from Nets general manager Sean Marks the next morning informing him about the trade.
“I updated him,” Marks said. “And these things can happen pretty quickly. Summer league, Vegas, maybe it’s a little like the winter meetings for baseball where everybody is there and it gives everybody an opportunity to continue to talk and hash some things out.”
Atlanta sent Brooklyn a 2020 second-round pick via Portland and the rights to Isaia Cordinier, a 2016 second-round pick who has remained overseas, to acquire Lin. The Nets also sent the Hawks a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap second-round picks in 2023.
Lin, 29, suffered a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon on opening night this past season. He averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists per game in 2016-17 for the Nets.
The Hawks will pay Lin $12.5 million next season. Lin will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.