Jeremy Lin joins Los Angeles Lakers after being traded


Palo Alto High grad Jeremy Lin has joined the Los Angeles Lakers following a trade from the Houston Rockets, according to Yahoo Sports! and other various reports.

Peter Diepenbrock, Lin's coach at Palo Alto, thinks the change of scenery might be good for Lin.

"First and foremost it gets him away from a coach (Kevin McHale) who doesn't believe in him. That just wasn't working," Diepenbrock said Monday. "Whether his new coach does believe in him remains to be seen, of course.

"But getting away from McHale, (James) Harden, (Dwight) Howard and out of Houston is a good thing. That group is never going to win anything and it was very hard to root for that style of play. Yes, there are a lot of new factors to consider, but I'm happy he will have a chance to play a lot and hopefully play his real position of point guard which wasn't happening in Houston.

And, I think he and Kobe have a lot of the same personality traits so it will be interesting to see how they get along."

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports!, the Houston Rockets traded Lin to create salary-cap space.

"The Rockets sent a 2015 first-round pick and other draft considerations to the Lakers to unload the final year of Lin's $14 million expiring contract that includes a salary cap hit of $8.3 million based on the deal's structure," Wojnarowski wrote.

Lin, who led the Vikings to the 2006 CIF Division II state championship before heading to Harvard, was originally signed by the Golden State Warriors as a non-drafted free agent before gaining "Linsanity" fame with the New York Knicks.

Wojnarowski's full story can be read here.

Lin averaged 11.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists over his first four years in the league.

"Thank you to @HoustonRockets fans, media, Rockets staff, coaches and teammates for the last 2 years!" Lin tweeted.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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