Cutting Aaron Miles was the easy choice. He didn't play well enough to warrant releasing Jeremy Lin with a guaranteed contract or bypassing Jeff Adrien for that matter. Miles was given extended minutes to prove himself worthy and he fell short.
Among rookies in EFF48M:
Jeff Adrien 4th = 34.5
Jeremy Lin 6th = 31.42
Aaron Miles EFF48M = 17.05
I know it's a small sample of minutes, but Lin shows enough promise not to get cut in favor of Miles. He's still adjusting as a 22 year old rookie coming into the league. 27 year old Miles has had the advantage of playing Pro for several years. Sure he may be better right now, but the upside for Lin is at least there. After adjusting to the speed and athleticism of the NBA players and improving his shot, who knows, Lin could turn out to be useful by mid-season. Practicing with Curry and Ellis everyday will help tremendously and from what I've heard, he's extremely coachable. The main things that could hold him back are the absence of a consistent jumper or reliable finish to make up for his lack of athleticism.
If he's struggling by the trade deadline and the Warriors are in the playoff hunt, I wouldn't hesitate to cut him in favor of a better true PG. Check the D-League and overseas. No doubt we could find someone worthwhile. But in the meantime, I'll be rooting for Lin (but not quite as hysterically as some new Warrior Fans might) to improve his game and make an impact on the Warriors.