Written by: Matthew Blunk
Days of our Lins?
Indeed, I just used one of our very own worst "Lin-isms" as an opening. But it seemed appropriate, given the recent dramatic developments in the restricted free agent Jeremy Lin dealings.
According to the New York Times, the New York Knicks remain unclear as to whether or not they will match the back-loaded three-year, $25-million offer Lin signed with the Houston Rockets.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey upped the stakes and threw in a "poison pill" - year three of the contract will pay Lin $14.8 million, which would put the Knicks in something of a luxury tax hell. Were New York to match the offer, the overall cost could reach $30 million in 2015 due to luxury tax penalties.
Further complicating the issue, the Knicks just completed a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers to acquire an old friend - point guard Raymond Felton. Felton played well as a Knick alongside Amar'e Stoudemire in 2010-11, before being dealt to the Denver Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade. With party animal Jason Kidd already in tow (how's that for a pun?), the Knickerbocker lead guard situation is quickly becoming very crowded.
Will there be room to re-sign Lin? Have we seen the last of "Linsanity" in the Big Apple?
All signs point to Lin joining the Rockets next season. Despite all the luxury tax talk, chances are Lin would make up for that money with his marketability. He took the American sporting world by storm for two weeks, in a way that may never be duplicated. Lin was the face of the NBA for that brief period, and his play made the Knicks better. He nearly single-handedly lifted New York to playoff contention.
So the real question could be - are the Knicks going to regret nickel-and-diming Jeremy Lin?
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