The Brooklyn Nets traded Jeremy Lin earlier this month, sparking fury among his fans. Lin’s supporters have a point to make about loyalty vs. business.
Despite the buzz that included speculation linking Lin to the Orlando Magic and other teams, when the Summer League began, Jeremy Lin thought he would be a Brooklyn Net this season.
"“I didn’t [get a call from the Nets]. My agent called me just to clarify. But no, I don’t think there’s any truth to it.”"
However, the following morning, he got the call from Marks telling him he had been traded to the Atlanta Hawks. Marks explained his call to Lin and commented on the situation.
"“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. “I talked to Jeremy that morning, and obviously things transpired pretty quickly. I talked to him again afterwards, and he handled it like a true professional and gentleman. It’s a tough decision for everybody. I certainly don’t like having to make those calls, but at the end of the day that comes with the territory, and he handled it terrific and we wish him nothing but the best.”"
The NBA is a business and this NBA offseason has proved anything can happen, despite what a team tells a player.