Sunday, May 13th, 2012 at 1:28 pm  |  59 responses

Report: Toronto Raptors May Make Bid For Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin will be a restricted free agent this summer, and although most assume there’s very little chance the Knicks let him go, there is the possibility that a team could offer a big, back-loaded deal, and hope/pray that New York doesn’t match it. And that, according to the NY Daily News, is exactly what the Toronto Raptors may do: “Toronto will be in direct competition with the Knicks for Steve Nash. But Nash is expected to look to sign with a bona fide contender, and the Knicks and Raptors don’t fit that description. The Raptors are also a potential landing spot for Jeremy Lin. They like him and what he’d do for their attendance, but Toronto would have to “back-load” an offer to the restricted free agent, paying him gazillions in the final couple of years of a deal, and hope that the Knicks would not match. According to league sources, that’s what the Raptors just might do if their Nash plan falls through. But considering that the Knicks have no other viable options at point guard, and Lin has been nothing short of a marketing dream, they’re seen as a lock to match any offer.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    this dude is about to get paaaaaiiiiiiid. jersey sales will probably make up for it

  • Bt

    Great plan Toronto. Mess up your salary cap for future years when the ‘rebuilding’ process may be complete in order to sell tickets now. Yeah, this will end well

  • dma

    the most any team can offer is the mid level exception (first 2 years i think). Ny will surely matach it.

  • http://nguni52.co.za Nguni

    Toronto can actually be competitive. They getting there, just need a bit of defense, well, and a jersey seller. :-D

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i wonder i the nets will go after him just to mess with the knicks, they have the dough, imagine the mixed emotions of the knicks’ fans when brooklyn plays in the garden with their favourite player from last year.

  • Josh

    Bt: The raps have been rebuilding for all but 2 of the years they’ve been in the league, it’s about time they made a splash for a player that is actually (hopefully) good. They’ll never win sitting around waiting for the current squad to grow.

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

    1. Lin
    2. DeRozan
    3. James Johnson
    4. Ed Davis
    5. Amir Johnson
    Trade Andrea Bargnani for a small forward or center. Not bad! This is weird because I like the Raptors and the Knicks… But the Knicks lately because the Raptors are somewhat painful to watch.

  • ALD

    calderon is better

  • iknowmybasketball

    this is my rule when it comes to drafting nba players: “when in doubt, go black.” Clearly Colangelo does not follow this rule.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    what type of rule is that? did it work well washington when they picked kwame over gasol?

  • RKJ92

    YESSSS DO IT!!! THATS LEGITTT!! And @Teddy-the-Bear You forgot about Valaciunas :D he will prolly start over Amir Johnson come the new season! MANNN IM EXCITED FOR MY RAPTORS WOOOO PICK HIM UP IM TIRED OF LOSING LOL

  • Max

    Lets go Lin, and we don’t have Melo-ball, otherwise known as wannabe elite star who hogs the ball and loses because he wants all the spotlight. Lin to DeRozan AHHHHH!!!

  • Raptor Dream

    OMG, I would love for Jeremy to come to Toronto. That would be fantastic.. We are in te rebuild mode, would be great to build around him.


    loooool at iknowmybasketball. besides last year’s draft colangelo has been a disappointment. but Lin Derozan Jonhson Banana and Valaciunas would be pretty great

  • Psych

    @spithotfiyah .. that rule is not foolproof obviously but if the Pistons would have followed it they would have had Melo lol

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    In about 5 years, Lin will be one of the most overpaid players in the league.

  • Rainman

    @ Teddy: u absolutely forgot about the lithuanian center we’ll be bringing in this year from last years draft. Move bargs to the four, davis and johnson(one of which will probs be traded) and an incoming rookie this year, with lin, we seem to be on our way.

  • Whitty881

    I dont like it one bit. Not what we need, now what we need, not what we need. People are too high on this kid. Hes a decent PG at best. Hes an undersized 2 playing the 1 imo. Look to the draft for one. Were lottery bound. Jose is all but gone as of now. He’ll be traded by draft day. Also im hearing this Lithuanian kid has a year left, we can only buy out 2.5 mill and the rest has to come from his pocket? I cant see him paying out of pocket to come over a year early. Remember its why Rubio stayed.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Raps will suck even if they do well lol.

  • Hart

    I would rather have Calderon than Lin……

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

    Oh wow… totally forgot about Valanciunas, lol. Thanks. Pick & roll with him and Lin? Awesome.

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  • Cramon

    Raptors will beat heat cmon bring back carter too….i got milk babyyyy

  • j

    In your dream, bryant colangelo. Knick fans not need to worry, whatever Bryant colangelo want to sign or trade, will never happen. So I think it just a joke, or someone want to get other’s attention.

  • j

    i think Colangelo is the worst GM in NBA, or wait he is not a GM anymore, he is the president.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    There is absolutely no chance Lin plays anywhere but New York next year. The rules pretty much guarantee it. So this isn’t a real story. Toronto can’t offer him more than average player salary for him. And Knicks can go all the way to the mid-level. Sorry to say, but this is a waste of time to even consider.

  • RKJ92

    Why you gotta break my heart like that nbk? lmaoo, I live in Toronto and to hear what you just said broke my heart :(

  • iknowmybasketball

    @spithotfiyah geez buddy not every comment on the SLAM articles is meant to be taken seriously. sit down and take a chill pill i was only half-kidding lol

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  • greg

    the knicks can only offer lin 2.5 million. he has to play 3 yeearsbefore they bird rights to him, so i doubt he stays. It would remind me of tj ford/calderon combo, raptors won 47 games with that one year so why not try it again?

  • timbo slice

    jeeeeeeeze i hope not

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca niQ

    Hey, I’m all for it!

  • http://taiwanchinasummerprograms.blogspot.com/ Armstrong

    I say Raptors should go for it with Lin. What do they have to lose? Their attendance will skyrocket, which will help to fund not only his salary, but any other potential free agents as well.

  • Shem

    As a Raptors fan I’d hate to see this happen. The only point guards I would like in a Toronto uniform that we could get this offseason are Nash, Dragic, Brooks or Kendall Marshall. Lin played in D’Antoni’s system which is very point guard friendly. Any point in the NBA can run pick and rolls with Amare. I think the Raptors could seriously make some noise if a few things go their way in draft and free agency. Nash DeRozan Barnes/MKG Bargnani and Valanciunas with Calderon, Amir, Ed off the bench would be nice.

  • Laidlaw

    Ahhh Jeremy Lin the Asian Jerryd Bayless. The Raptors should definitely do this… not.

  • powwow

    Valaciunas will probably be the best thing for the Raptors in a long time. Trade Barng and James Johnson keep Ed drafting someone in Europe like always heck try Africa.

  • JJ

    For sure is possible Raptors offers a contract for Lin. Knicks is over the Space Cap yet. And Gilbert Arenas rule just say that this season and next the MAX for lin is Mid Level Exception 5 mill. But the 3rd season or 4th the team can offer their space cap, that Knicks dont have and so cant match any offer.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Once again no team is allowed to offer more than average salary. Which is less than the mid-level.

    Lin will be a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Knicks can match any offer he receives, without respect to the salary cap. So if the Knicks want to keep him in July, they have every means to do so.

    The Knicks do not own any so-called Bird rights on Lin because he was acquired on waivers. However, they are protected by what is known as the Gilbert Arenas rule. That provision, named for the former Washington guard, adopted in 2005, limits rival teams from offering anything more than the average player salary to a restricted free agent with two years or fewer in the N.B.A.

    The Knicks will be able to use their midlevel exception, which is slightly higher than the average player salary, to sign Lin or to match any offer. If no other team tenders Lin an offer, the Knicks can use any part of their midlevel exception or biannual exception to sign him.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    In other words yes the raptors can offer Lin a contract. But they have ZERO chance of actually signing him.

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

    The Asian Jeryd Bayless? LOL! good one. Raps should definitely make a run at Goran Dragic or Aaron Brooks though. And TRADE BARGNANI.

  • Raps

    The raptors should definitely OVER pay for Lin.

    1. They can afford to do this considering they’re bringing in two future b.blocks on rook contracts and have shed or shedding big contracts soon. Even if they overpay for a 4 year deal it won’t hinder their future cap space when they need.
    2. The raps SCREWED up the tanking plan so from now on it seems like we’ll be getting just a wee bit better each year and not getting any significant draft picks after this year. Heading towards mediocrity unless we can pull of steals like Lin.
    3.. Although I love calderon, he’d be like a Derek Fisher by the time we’re ready to compete through our rebuilding
    4. He’d fit in very nicely with Val on the pick and roll.
    5. Toronto fans would go crazy for him cause of the chinese populations.

    So I say “go ahead! offer him a 10 mil+ average deal over 4 years”. NY will go into luxury tax with 4 players in the 3rd year if they decide to match.

  • Mike

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see you guys get Goran Dragic, though I sense he wants to go to Portland over Toronto. Portland has better pieces and more salary cap room to offer him a deal.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    chill pill taken, jokes r sometimes undetectable on here lol

  • L Dribble

    So they want to sign him because of attendance, not because he is a baller? Sad. Great if he gets paid but it will come with the baggage that the money is not for his playing but his ethnic background. Although the source is NY Daily News so pinch of salt about who is saying what here.

  • Mike From Spain

    As of now, Calderón is quite a good PG. He protects the ball, distributes very well, scores very efficiently. Jeremy Lin dishes less assists, shoots lower %, has many many more turnovers. You could say in his favour that he gets to the line more, he penetrates more, he provides a change of tempo, and he’s much younger and more marketeable. But as far as basketball goes… I don’t know, what do you think?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jay

    The Raptors need Brandon Jennings he will take them to the playoffs! Book It!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Mike from Spain… and how many season tickets does Calderon sell again…?

  • MikeC.

    I’m not even 100% that I want NY to bank on Lin as PG of the future. If NY keeps Lin, the search for his veteran backup must begin immediately. What’s Anthony Carter up to nowadays? I liked him a couple years ago as Ray Felton’s backup. Steady, few mistakes and always ready. He’s gotta be on the wrong side of 35 now though.

  • MAS

    Did anyone get the memo about a STATUE in CHINA for S. Marbury? Will Toronto incluide that in Lin’s deal if they make into the playoffs.
    I think Calderon would kill it in NYC.

  • R32

    Demar is developing painfully slow, and signing J-Lin will take some pressure off him and let him play his game. Im all for it! Plus, T.Dot needs to bring excitement back into the city.




    Go get Lin, Im from Montreal and definitely buy season ticket for the raptors!!!! gonna change my tdot ford jersey to Lin now :)

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Does nobody actually read the comments?

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    if this ever does happen they NEED to keep calderon… he averages little to no turnovers and Lin is the total opposite… and NY has picked him off waivers so the chance of this actually happening is super low

  • http://www.seanhowell.ca Chuckie Jimmers

    Coangelo is a businessman, this would be a business move. The Raptors are the only team in Canada so he exploits the fans. Lin is a very below average player but he’s a very good business asset in a multicultural city that loves the sport of basketball.

  • Dingo Rob

    Lol @nbk mate I always read your comments, you are factual and don’t base your comments simply on emotion.

    Raptor fans Lin is not someone who you can build a team around, he can make owners richer but he can’t turn the team into winners. This is good news they won’t be in position to match it.

  • http://toronto.fr/ Anna

    J’aime lire les informations sur Toronto raptors. Etes-vous certains de ce que vous écrivez? Bien à vous, Anna.

  • Eric Sim

    If Jeremy Lin comes to Toronto or Canada, I’ll be at the ACC everynight that he plays, and so will hundreds of thousands of his fans….There will be no empty seats…..shareholders and owners will make millions out of him being here.
    Bring him here, please…..

  • Auter

    1. J.Lin/J.Calderon
    2. D.Derozan/A.Rivers
    3. A.Bargnani/J.Johnson
    4. A.Johnson/E.Davis
    5. J.Valencia/A.Gray