Despite the Houston Rockets’ bloated (and, perhaps, “ridiculous”) contract offer to Jeremy Lin, there never really was any logical reason for the braintrust of the New York nicks to let go of the young, electric point guard.
But then again, they are the Knicks …
Per the AFP News Agency:
“Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!” Lin said on Twitter shortly after the New York Knicks confirmed late Tuesday they wouldn’t match Houston’s three-year, $25 million offer for the 23-year-old player. The Knicks announced their decision less than two hours before a midnight deadline. The Rockets were one of two teams to cut then-unknown Lin last season. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said that wouldn’t happen again as he welcomed Lin to Houston via Twitter. “Welcome to Houston @JLin7!” Morey tweeted, adding: “We plan to hang on this time. You will love #RedNation”.
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander made it clear he thinks Lin is worth it. “We are thrilled to have Jeremy back as part of the Rockets family,” Alexander said. “In his limited opportunity last season, Jeremy showed that he has all the skills to be a great player in this league for many years to come. In addition to being a great passer, he is also exceptional at driving to the rim and finishing plays. He also showed a poise well beyond his years by making winning plays at the end of numerous games last season. Jeremy is a winner on and off the court and we view him as an important part of our plan to build a championship contender.”
It remains to be seen if Jeremy Lin will thrive and build on what he created in New York. The Rockets completely gutted their roster this summer, and they paid a lot of money for a relatively unproven player.
What is clear, is that Knicks fans are now a sad, angry and devastated group. Quite understandably.