Jeremy Lin‘s 2017-18 campaign came to an abrupt end after 25 minutes of game time during the Nets’ first game of the season. Lin suffered a scary knee injury after landing on his right leg after a layup attempt, going to the ground and holding his knee while saying “I’m done” to his teammates.
It turned out that Lin ruptured his patella tendon, an injury that meant he wouldn’t get to take the floor again this year. The unfortunate aspect of this is that Lin could have potentially hit free agency after this season, and with a big year, it stands to reason that he could have been in for a big payday.
Instead, Lin has decided to opt into the final year of the three-year deal that he signed with Brooklyn during the 2016 offseason, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN. Because of his decision to pick up his option, the veteran guard is on pace to make about $12.5 million next season
That’s a nice chunk of change for Lin, who smartly chose to get paid next year over trying to hit the open market after suffering a serious injury. This also means that Brooklyn will have both Lin and, if it triggers his team option, D’Angelo Russell under contract next season, with the emerging Spencer Dinwiddie also on the final year of his deal. At the very least, the Nets should be set in their backcourt in 2018-19.