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Charlotte Hornets (2015–2016)

An image of Lin on a pillar at Time Warner Cable Arena
On July 9, 2015, Lin signed a two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets, who used their bi-annual exception in the deal.[184][185] He had been open to re-joining New York, but they were not interested, having drafted guard Jerian Grant to pair with veteran José Calderón at point guard.[143] Lin was projected to back up Hornets point guard Kemba Walker, and coach Steve Clifford envisioned that the two pick-and-roll players would sometimes play together.[186][187]Lin made his debut for the Hornets in the team's season opener against the Miami Heat on October 28, scoring 17 points off the bench in a 104–94 loss.[188] On December 17, he scored a season-high 35 points in a 109–99 overtime win over Toronto Raptors.[189] On March 21, 2016, he scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead jumper with 48 seconds remaining, to help Charlotte rally from a 30–7 deficit in the second quarter for a 91–88 comeback victory over San Antonio.[190] Lin's only season with the Hornets came to an end after they were defeated in seven games by the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.[170] He finished seventh in voting for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.[170]After declining his $2.2 million player option for the 2016–17 season, Lin became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2016.[191]

Brooklyn Nets (2016–2018)

On July 7, 2016, Lin signed a three-year, $36 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.[192][193] The Nets were led by head coach Kenny Atkinson, who was an assistant with the Knicks during Linsanity.[170] Lin made his debut for the Nets in their season opener on October 26, 2016, in an away game against the Boston Celtics. In 27 minutes as a starter, he scored 18 points in a 122–117 loss.[194] Two days later, he recorded a near triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists in a 103–94 home-opener win over the Indiana Pacers.[195] On December 12, 2016, he returned to action for Brooklyn for the first time since November 2, when he had suffered a strained left hamstring. He played 20 minutes off the bench and scored 10 points in a 122–118 loss to the Houston Rockets.[196] On February 24, 2017, Lin was back in the starting lineup for the Nets after missing 26 games with his hamstring strain. He played just under 15 minutes and scored seven points with five assists in a 129–109 loss to the Denver Nuggets.[197] On April 6, 2017, he scored a season-high 32 points in a 115–107 loss to the Orlando Magic.[198] He ended the injury-plagued season with a total of only 36 games played, averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 assists per game.[199]On October 18, 2017, during the Nets' season opener against the Indiana Pacers, Lin was injured when he landed awkwardly following a layup. He suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee and missed the remainder of the season.[200]

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