It looks like Dennis Schroder’s days in Atlanta are numbered, as the Hawks went out and traded for veteran point guard Jeremy Lin last night, just weeks after drafting point guard Trae Young with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Brooklyn Nets agreed to trade Lin to the Hawks in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick ( Portland) and the rights to Isaia Cordinier, a 2016 second-round pick who has remained overseas. Additionally, the Nets will send the Hawks a 2025 second-round pick and the right to swap second-round picks in 2023, according to Woj.
Lin, 29, played just 25 minutes last season before suffering a season-ending ruptured patellar tendon on opening night. During the 2016-17 campaign, Lin averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 assists for the Nets.
For now, the Hawks have Schroder, Lin and Young on their depth chart but it is believed last night’s deal will lead to a Schroder trade before long. Back in May, the 24-year old point guard stressed the need to play for a contender, telling reporters that he “cannot be second to last in the Eastern Conference” again and that he and his agent planned to talk with Atlanta’s general manager and owner about the organization’s plans for the future.
Last season, the Hawks finished with a 24-58 record which resulted in the firing head coach Mike Budenholzer, who is now the head coach the Milwaukee Bucks. In 67 games last season, Schroder averaged a career-best 19.4 points per game, in addition to 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds.