The Sacramento Kings have reportedly expressed "exploratory interest" in Atlanta Hawks guard Jeremy Lin.
That is according to The New York Times Marc Stein, who reports that the Hawks have made the veteran guard, as well as Dewayne Dedmon and Kent Bazemore, available for trade ahead of February's deadline as they look to garner draft picks.
Lin, 30, has been playing 19.5 minutes per contest this season - his lowest since the 2010-11 campaign, when he was still with the Golden State Warriors - and is averaging 10.8 points, 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds per contest.
Sacramento is among the teams that have expressed exploratory trade interest in Hawks guard Jeremy Lin, according to league sources— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 15, 2019
There is a possibility of becoming the Kings' backup point guard, behind De'Aaron Fox, as the Hawks' backcourt depth has limited his playing time.
The player recently opened up on his role in Atlanta and it seemed like he was being patient but was still somewhat frustrated over the number of minutes he's been playing.
"I feel like when you play a lot more minutes you get more rhythm, you can read the game a little bit more. You get more opportunities. I'm going out there every night trying to do my best, and some nights it is what it is, but I think it's just the flow or the rhythm.
"Maybe the way it works in terms of just having the ball constantly, feeling it, touching it. I don't know, but I just try to do my best in whatever role I get, I'm handed. I've been fortunate to have some big breakout games in my time."
What This Means
Sacramento could shop the expiring contracts of Zach Randolph and Kosta Koufos to the Hawks, who could find them quite attractive, given their ambitions to rebuild. The cap space would be very helpful in that regard.
The Western Conference side are said to have discussed trading Randolph to the New York Knicks for center Enes Kanter but a move for Lin makes sense for them as well.
Yogi Ferrell and Frank Mason III have not been producing all that much when Fox is on the bench and Lin could prove to be a great addition to their bench if he's given more minutes, considering their desperation for a playoff push.