Jeremy Lin’s season is over.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott announced before tonight’s game against the Dallas Mavericks that Lin will sit out the rest of the season due to a sore left knee.
While there are only 3 games left in this season, including tonight’s game, Lin will become the 8th member of the Lakers to be ruled out for the year.
With Lin set to sit out the final 3 games, it’s very possible that we have seen the last of the 26-year-old in a purple and gold jersey.
As Baxter Holmes from ESPN Los Angeles points out, “Lin’s status with the Lakers is still very much up in the air going forward.”
Here’s what else Holmes had to say:
Lin declined to address his future with the Lakers until after this season, but given how rocky his relationship with Scott has been, it’s unclear if the Lakers will try to keep him around. Scott has likewise declined to address any long-term plans until after the season.
In 74 games for the Lakers this season, Lin averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steal in 25.8 minutes per game while shooting nearly 37 percent from three-point range.
The Harvard graduate’s best on-court month came in March when he averaged 14.4 points, 5.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 27.2 minutes per game.
Lin earned $14.9 million with the Lakers this season thanks to the “poison pill” contract he signed with the Houston Rockets in 2012. However, only $8.3 million counted against the cap.
Additionally, the Lakers acquired Houston’s 2015 first-round pick in last summer’s deal for Lin. The pick will likely end in the mid-twenties.