For those who downplay the importance of the NBA’s summer league, perhaps the story of former Harvard guard Jeremy Lin will change their mind.
Lin, who went undrafted after four years as a guard for the Crimson, has turned heads for his play with the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league team. In five games with the Mavs, he averaged 9.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.
Apparently, Lin has caught the eyes of the world champions. ESPN.com is reporting that initial discussions have taken place between the Lakers and Lin’s agent, Roger Montgomery.
“We’re just trying to sort out the best roster fit, the best situation
for Jeremy, but we’re highly considering the Lakers,” Montgomery told the website.
If the 6-foot-3 guard doesn’t end up with the Lakers, there are still sure to be plenty of suitors for Lin’s services.
“As of late, there are a few more players involved as well,” Montgomery added when discussing possible destinations for his client.
Lin proved during summer league that he can hang with some of the NBA’s most promising young talent. In a game against the Wizards, he was matched up with No. 1 overall pick John Wall. In only 28 minutes, Lin scored 13 points while holding Wall to only 4-of-13 shooting.