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Nets Trade Away Jeremy Lin, Isaiah Whitehead In Separate Deals

July 13, 2018 - 8:54 am
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By The Associated Press/WFAN.com

Jeremy Lin's injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over.

The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, a person with knowledge of the deal said early Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

The move helps clear up the Nets' logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first reported the deal, saying the Nets and Hawks would swap future second-round picks.

Meanwhile, the Nets also acquired power forwards Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, a 2019 protected first-round pick and a future second-round pick from the Denver Nuggets for point guard Isaiah Whitehead, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

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Lin has a year and $12.5 million left on the contract he signed two summers ago. He made it through just 37 games with the Nets and only one last season, as he ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee during a season-opening loss at Indiana.

Spencer Dinwiddie stepped in while Lin was out and became one of the NBA's most improved players. Brooklyn also has D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, at the point after acquiring him from the Lakers.

Now, Lin will have to find room in Atlanta, where point guard Dennis Schroder was the Hawks' leading scorer last season. The Hawks then acquired the rights to high-scoring former Oklahoma star Trae Young in the draft.

The Hawks will be the seventh team for Lin, the undrafted former Harvard star who memorably broke out with the Knicks during his run of Linsanity in February 2012. The NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent has also played for Golden State, Houston, the Lakers and Charlotte.

The trade with the Nuggets was a salary dump for Denver. Faried is owed $13.76 million this season, and Arthur is set to earn $7.46 million. Both are entering the final years of their contract.

A Newark native, Faried, 28, averaged 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 32 games last season. Arthur, 30, averaged 2.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 19 contests.

The Nets had acquired Whitehead in a draft night trade with Utah in 2016. The Coney Island native averaged 6.3 points and 1.3 assists in 16 games last season, spending much of the year in the G League. 

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