Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  18 responses

Agent: No Guarantee Jeremy Lin Re-Signs With Knicks

There are no assurances that Linsanity will be back at MSG next season, as far as Jeremy Lin’s agent is concerned. From the NY Post: “Roger Montgomery said nothing is assured regarding Lin’s Knicks future, despite interim coach Mike Woodson’s declaration the global phenom — who becomes a restricted free agent on July 1 — would ‘absolutely’ return. When asked if he expects the Knicks negotiation to be cut-and-dried, Montgomery forewarned: ‘I don’t expect that. We’re not anticipating that’s going to happen. We don’t have assurances of anything. I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I’m not going to assume anything. We’re waiting to see what happens.’ There is a possibility the Knicks will force Lin, 24, and his reps to find the point guard’s market value by first signing an offer sheet from another team, which must project Lin’s potential from a 26-game window when he played starter’s minutes. Lin, who made $762,000 this season, also must find a club that feels the Knicks won’t match the offer. The good news for Montgomery is in the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have just three days to match an offer, less than the prior seven-day window that hamstrung teams. Montgomery must create the impression the Knicks are not locks to retain Lin to spur teams to present an offer sheet. A source confirmed Toronto, which has a large Chinese population, will be one suitor. The Knicks ultimately control Lin’s destiny because they cannot be outbid. And if the Players Association wins its arbitration hearing and restores Lin’s early Bird rights, it is a virtual certainty the Knicks will match any offer because the Bird exception means teams can exceed the salary cap to re-sign players. That would allow the Knicks to keep their $5 million mid-level exception to sign a solid, veteran point guard from a list that starts with Steve Nash but also includes Jameer Nelson, Andre Miller, Ramon Sessions, Lou Williams and Raymond Felton. A source said the arbitration hearing date will be set this week. If the union loses and the Knicks need their $5M mid-level exception to re-sign Lin, it could get trickier.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    If the Knicks really want to win NOW then they shouldn’t resign Lin. The team they have right now doesn’t make strategic sense (Lin is a push-the-pace and fastbreak guard who doesnt shoot that well and Melo is a isolation halfcourt player, oh and they both suck at D).

  • ab40

    the knicks want the rules to change to give him and novak less than the MLE so he’s out he can only get 7 or 8 from the position he came from with the new rules and all but the knicks don’t have that kind of money. If he leaves he’ll get booed for life in MSG.

  • greg

    they better determine hes a UFA, because they ive never heard of a team going into the cap for a waived player before

  • Mike Mihalow

    Lin’s getting a big head. He’s not THAT good.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    He really isn’t, before his injury he sucked horribly.

  • JoeMaMa

    @Mike: How is he getting a big head? His agent’s the one doing the talking. His agent’s playing the game to get his client more money, because it’ll improve his own rep to other players and get him a slice of a bigger pie. Lin’s just sitting back.

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  • LA Huey

    Agent posturing.

  • Shem

    I do not want this kid playing for my Raptors. I love his story but there’s no way I’m comfortable giving him 5 mill a year for several years based on 26 games in which were in Mike D’Antoni’s point guard friendly system. Not to mention he had Melo and Amar’e to pass to. If the Raptors cannot get Nash, Dragic or Kendall Marshall, then I’d consider it a good move based on marketing alone.

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    @Shem, Tu Holloway would be better than Lin in Toronto as well as guys you named.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually, it is guaranteed. But whatever, maybe his agent is foolish enough to think speaking out about how non-guaranteed it is will enable Lin to make an extra million bucks. You know, in-case a general manager in the NBA is as gullible as a native of Toronto who knows almost nothing about how the NBA salary system works…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    lol @ SHem. you’re not okay with $5 mil for Jeremy Lin, but 10 mil for Andrea freaking Bargnani is perectly fine isn’t it? I mean, why ruin something that’s clearly working…
    He’s gonna stay in New York (which i’m happy with), but chill. Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani are not gonna get it done.

  • Jono

    Agents are real MOFOs. I’d love to see how the players would negotiate contract themselves, and if it was televised, that’s a programme I’d watch! They should make a game show where a player sits and any team that is willing to sign him gets a 2 min pitch. Pretty awesome!!!!!

  • MeloMan15

    Man, The Raptors are so gunna over pay for this guy. Cmon Colangelo, don’t let a little 2 week spurt cloud your judgement

  • Bravo

    I agree with dude above me

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    “The Knicks ultimately control Lin’s destiny because they cannot be outbid.”
    move along, nothing to see here.

  • http://www.jeremylinbball.com Rayfil Wong

    Lin has marketing power and gives NYC revenues from merchandising.

    He will stay a Knick.

    add this post to my

    Jeremy Lin blog



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