Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 4:24 pm  |  101 responses

New York Knicks Reportedly Let Jeremy Lin Walk

According to The New York Times’ Howard Beck, the Knicks have decided not to match the Rockets offer sheet for Jeremy Lin. The contract is believed to include a “poison-pill” third year which would pay the 23-year-old point guard nearly $15 million, which would push New York far into the luxury tax. After acquiring Raymond Felton in a sign-and-trade with the Blazers, the Knicks are prepared to move forward with a point guard duo featuring Felton, who played in 54 games with the team in the ’10-11 season, and veteran Jason Kidd. Lin averaged roughly 15 and 6 for New York in a breakout ’11-12 season.

Per the NYT:

The Knicks are not expected to announce their decision until this evening, and there is still a chance — albeit incredibly small — that it could be reversed. But as of 4 p.m. the decision had been made and was considered final by those with knowledge of the deliberations. Indeed, the deliberations were said to be over. The Knicks have first-refusal rights on Lin and by rule have until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time to either match the offer or let him walk. The decision was ultimately financial, not emotional. The contract with Houston includes a third-year balloon payment of $14.9 million, which would have cost the Knicks another $35 million or more in luxury-tax penalties had they matched the deal. The so-called poison pill was designed to dissuade the Knicks.

The Knicks wanted to keep Lin, but his situation was complicated. Because he was a restricted free agent, the Knicks had the right to match any offer. Yet under N.B.A. cap rules, they could offer him no more than $16.13 million in a three-year deal, and a maximum of $28.75 million over five years. Only a rival team was allowed to include the third-year balloon payment. So it was up to Lin to set his own market value, by getting an outside offer. He initially agreed with Houston on a three-year, $19.5 million deal, including a $9.3 million balloon payment in the third year. That deal was agreed to in principle but never signed. When it became apparent that the Knicks would match, the Rockets increased the third-year salary to $14.9 million, close to the maximum allowed. The Knicks are already expected to be over the luxury-tax threshold, so Lin’s salary would have cost them tens of millions more under the league’s more punitive new system. In recent days, two people briefed on the Knicks’ deliberations said it was unlikely the team would keep Lin. Yet both cautioned that the decision was not final and would ultimately be made by one person: James L. Dolan, the Madison Square Garden chairman.

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  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Knick’s lied.

  • RunNGun

    All I have to say is… “we’ll match it up to 1 billion dollars!” Right, Grunwald? Talk is cheap.

  • Zack

    Not a bad move at all.

  • TDOT

    CHINA!! LIN is a shoe in starting point at the allstars for the next 3 years:D Sorry Paul.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Pm_5aIavU&feature=g-all-u Max

    Lol at the picture, Lin is like; Are you f*cking kidding me? Are you really letting me walk?

  • Mas

    Oh snap! Dolan didn’t make it happen! Carmelo’s second victim: D’Antoni was first and now Lin…Amare your next!

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    “The Knicks are traitors! I feel your pain Jeremy! ” – Jarrett Jack

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    This thread wil devolve into an insane flamewar in about ten seconds

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    If they get Bynum they could be a playoff team. Lin is better then Felton so a bad move by the Knicks

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    yeah they did Lake. Now they lied either way, if they change their mind that is.

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

    the rockets roster is looking kind of crazy right now, 2 one way guards that r making a lot of paper, a few promising rookies and nothing else. hello top 3 pick

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    The Rocket’s GM is like “The Knicks did what?” Houston will soon find out if Lin’s global marketing potential is what everyone says it is. However, in M&A parlance, “You should never, ever pay for synergies.”

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    In all seriousness though, I am very surprised the Knicks let him go. I thought Dolan would be enticed by the possibility of a “LINSANITY RETURNS” frenzy making him some money. Interesting choice by the Knicks to let him go.

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    imo this deal means that houston is out of the running to land dwight because I seriously that he wants to play in houston and with lin.

  • http://minusthebars.blogspot.com don

    I just don’t understand…

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    The Knicks are idiots for not doing this. That’s how i feel. Raymond Felton was completely and utterly stupid. This is even worse. And don’t talk to me about the luxury tax, if you paid any attention to the teams Dolan paid for during that stretch from 01-07 or whatever it was, you know that doesn’t f*ckin matter.

  • king

    i hate this asian bastard!

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    I’m still waiting till the deadline. I’m done with the inside sources…

  • http://www.slamonline.com 19821982

    @Anon IMO this make Houston out of the running for anything except the lottery.

  • CubicleWorker

    Shock exchange wtf?? Your quote is meaningless always factor in FV’s when calculating the valuation of a business decision. NYK letting Lin go is like an exploration company looking for natural gas reserves, finding some unexpected oil, drilling a bit, then selling the company for the value of the assets. When you find a cash cow like Lin you have to milk the tit. Regardless of if there is going to be a salary of $15M and luxury tax of another $15-$30M, you can EASILY EASILY make that back up in endorsement or even strike up an asian TV deal. If Lin isn’t working out you trade him after two years to a team willing to gamble (anyone notice how Kwame Brown got $8M last year and just signed another $6M contract) or you trade Stoudemire’s expiring contract of $20M+ for a first round draft pick or, it turns out Lin is a total stud and you ended up making the right business decision and making TONS of cash. Those are the three scenarios if Lin stays.

  • alphabeta

    Man this inflation is crazy nowadays, ~$50 mil is equal to $1 billion. Go figure.

  • CubicleWorker

    Now if you let Lin leave the best case scenario is that he turns out to be a total dud and you are reassured that you made the best decision (possible, but everybody saw how he tore up those games, dudes that can’t ball don’t go on stretches like that), worst case scenario Lin turns out to be a superstar makes the Rockets hundreds of millions of dollars and NYK fans wonder what could have been as Carmelo et al finishes 6-8th for the next 5 years.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    The saddest thing is, this kid will be an All Star no matter how much he averages.

  • lp

    You can’t pay him that much… This is smart. Lin is good, but I’m sorry, that small sample size doesn’t justify goin into the luxury tax that much. Especial when you got Felton and kids for cheap. Also, the kicks offense won’t cater to Lin anymore. All Melo. Felton can run pick and roll with amare (he’ll be in shape hopefully). Lin will do better in Houston anyhow

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Aye yo, AllenP.
    If your out there…
    I was curious to get your opinion in particular on how you think Nash will do in LA.
    I know you were a strong proponent of him being on “juice” because of the SSOL system.
    My questions to you is, how do you think he will fare in a half court system with the Lakers? Do you think he is going to struggle mightily?
    Will it affect his shooting numbers and assists total iyo?
    Personally I see this working out phenomenally.
    Nash should be the precise glue that the Lakers needed to get back on top. He is the best passing player in the game and the Lakers struggled most at passing the ball the this last season.
    Also, 3 point shooting had been non-existent in LA in a while now. He brings in his career 40+% mark to immediately help in that area.
    So, do you think it will work well, or no, since the SSOL system is not in place in LA?
    (feel free to chime in everyone else. just asked AP because I knew he’d have an opinion and has spoken on Nash’s ability outside the SSOL in the past. I chose this thread to ask this cause… well fack i dunno)

  • CubicleWorker

    The likeliest scenario is that Lin turns out to be a slightly above average PG averaging 15, 8 which is worth about what? $7M a season? So that means he was overpaid by $4M but i can guarantee you even a braindead GM can figure out how to make an additional $4M off Lin during 3 years.

  • Jono

    I love this. The Knicks are doomed forever, and you thought the Clippers were bad… By the way, the way they mention how JLin’s contract counts against the salary cap, isn’t it a double-edged sword? You can just as easily have said Tyson Chandler or Amare Stoudemire’s contract counts against the cap. It’s so silly just to say it’s JLin’s contract that ballons the payroll above the threshold and write articles about the luxury tax implications in 2014 when $1 paid to JLin or Melo or Stat or Tyson is the same. The luxury tax reason can just as easily be turned around and pointed at anyone else on the roster.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange


    All I said was “Houston will soon find out if Lin’s global marketing potential is what everyone says it is.” Why all the speculation and knashing of teeth? If it’s only about basketball and winning, why does anyone care whether one billionaire (Dolan) receives the Lin windfall or whether Houston’s billionaire owner receives it. The Shock Exchange is skilled at seeing the “game within the game,” and reading people’s actions. The knashing of teeth and lashing out at the Shock Exchange implies that the “cash cow” is worth a lot less in Houston and it is in NYC – the hype capital of the world.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    They’ll probably match him at the 11th hour for added drama.

  • https://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway/status/225334983026409472/photo/1 nbk

    Click It.

  • jeremys6226

    not believing anything until the deadline

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Cubicle Worker,

    All I said was “Houston will soon find out if Lin’s global marketing potential is what everyone says it is.” Why all the speculation and knashing of teeth? If it’s only about basketball and winning, why is everyone focused on whether NYK’s billionaire owner will receive the Lin windfall as compared to Houston’s billionare owner. The knashing of teeth and lashing out at the Shock Exchange implies that you and others think the “cash cow” is worth a lot less in Houston than it is in NYC – the hype capital of the world.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Knicks management just received a blessing in disguise that Houston traded away a ten times better pg in Lowry and Gragic left. Now Houston a team that cut Lin, is only signing him for is global marketing value. Lin should be smart enough to understand that. Lin career as a backup in NY, would be great for his career and life. Lin went after the money and I know he is a little upset with himself, because NY I think is really where he wants to play. He played the Knicks trying to get more money, now he is stuck on a team, that won’t make the playoffs and have ten guys younger than him on the team. He is a back up player, also if anyone thinks all of a sudden Lin is about to be balling is wrong. Lin got abused with his right hand dominated dribble and is a streaky shooter. If you think about Lin messed this up in NY for himself.

  • RunNGun

    It’s alright Knicks fans; y’all just went from Linsanity to Are you Felton kidding me?

  • thenatural

    the knicks are idiots… could’ve paid him for the first two years and figured out how to move him after that.

  • rubs93

    They not gonna match Melo wants CP3, Melo dont want Lin to take his spotlight. Co-sign Mas Amare your next. Knicks not gonna win anything w greedy @$$ Melo

  • riggs

    @nbk: i agree with you, but it didnt use to matter back then, it matters now though.

  • lp

    @cubicle you act like they can just trade pieces if Lin isn’t good… If he isn’t good, none of that marketing works out. At the end of he day, they have to make a basketball decision. 35 million EXTRA just for one player is a lot.

  • http://CHlNK.CO CHlNK

    I EAT DAT!

  • http://www.nba.com/knicks danfields

    lins camp knew the knicks rosters payroll and the situation in the locker room. lin signed himself out of ny by demanding a higher offer by the rockets. that kid has a harvard degree in economics right? so he knew what would happen. wish him all the best anyway. dont think he will win too many games with the rockets tho

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think he will be a mixed bag. I would expect something like 12-14 points and about 8 assists unless the Lakers change some of their habits offensively.
    Dude is great in an uptempo offense. He does it better than anyone. Lights out as a shooter off the bounce and doesn’t need a lot of shots to get his rhythm. But, he doesn’t like standstill shooting so much, and needs the ball in his hands to get his rhythm. Plus, he becomes an extreme defensive liability when the game slows down and you have to grind things out. People always complain about Fisher, but Fisher is WAY better than Nash defensively, even at this point in their careers. I mean, they are the same age, and Nash has never been a good defender or even a really hard worker, while Fisher still knows all the tricks of the trade and works extremely hard even if his body betrays him.
    Nash has the ability to make life easier for all the Lakers on offense if they stop holding the ball, stop dribbling so much and basically get to their spots and be ready to catch. he’s probably going to make life even more difficult on defense.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Pm_5aIavU&feature=g-all-u Max

    And your starting guard for the west..
    Jeeeereeemyyy liiiiiiiiiiiiiiinn

  • jinolin

    Hate to see the kid go, wish him the best of luck, but Felton is a upgrade over Lin right now, maybe in 3 years time I’ll regret that last statement, only time will tell.

  • CubicleWorker

    Lin will be just fine in Houston, the marketing opportunities for him may be less so in that sense maybe he shot himself in the foot.. maybe not.. if he turns out to be a dud his life will be hell in NYK. Even if he is mediocre in NYK he will get torn everytime and life will be drama filled. Houston has experience in the asian markets via Yao Ming. I think NY is doomed to be a 6-8th seed. Not saying Houston is gonna be any better, but Lin will get far more playing time and a lot longer leash in Houston than in NYK. Keep in mind this guy is basically a rookie with 30 games under his belt. It was no joke how he tore the league up for a month. I’m sure he will find a way to tap into 75% of that productivity and be an above average player in Houston… let’s see if Dolan has a change of heart here though.

  • lp

    Y’all this isn’t fantasy basketball…You can’t just move his contract in the 3rd year,because If you are trying to move a $15 million contract, that means: 1) he wasn’t good as expected, 2) you are rebuilding because you are taking young players back,and 3)you clearly Made a bad choice. They’ve finally decided to play for a championship, not a circus. F*** that marketing, it’s time to win games…

  • CubicleWorker

    Ip if we’re talking about Milwaukee, Sacremento, Pheonix etc that’s a different story. We’re talking about NYK. I’m pretty sure between Marbury, Houston, Thomas and Eddy Curry they still have about $100M a year tied up for the next 7 haha

  • jinolin

    What everyone fails to realize is that his salary is guaranteed which is a non variable, while his output/health that directly correlates with his marketability is non-predictable variable, NYK is simply hedging their future.

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

    A young Jeremy-Jeremy backcourt looks promising. This is good for Rockets fans considering we just lost 2 borderline All-Star point guards.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Did the Rockets actually improve at point guard? Couldn’t they have just kept Lowry or Dragic?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    All I gotta say is… LOL. And RunNGun said what I was thinking. ahhaha. Up to 1 billion dollars huh? But fwiw, I think it was a “source” that said that.

  • CubicleWorker

    We’re literally talking about a team that has a notorious history for signing inept contracts and finally they are passing on one that could be potentially the most profitable contracts in team history. Lin will be an average PG at worst, one asian tv deal makes up the extra $35M, jersey sales could also bring in a large chunk of that and like I said, worst case you flip one of your expiring contracts after two years whether that be Lin, Amare, or Chandler. And yes…. they can easily trade one of those peices if this doesn’t work out, expiring contracts have high value in this league

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk

    Teddy, doesn’t that make this suck though? Take your Lin appreciation out of it for just a second. You just paid, an inferior PG what you could have paid the other two. Basically, Morey just picked Lin over Lowry and Dragic….that is a good thing?

  • LA Huey

    Remember when the Knicks picked up Chauncey final year and then amnestied him just before training camp the following season? Now is this situation less/just as/more amusing?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Teddy, Jeremy Lin and Jeremy Lamb… didn’t even catch that.. niiice.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Cubicle Worker,

    With that contract, if Lin doesn’t work out the Rockets fan will eat him alive and the GM will be fired. The so-called “synergies” I mentioned earlier could have been shared by both Lin and NYK. He could have taken more than warranted based on his limited body of work, yet less than what Houston offered. Secondly, other athletes have provided global marketing dollars away from the playing field, yet the public hasn’t been so rabid about it. The Williams Sisters have brought additional fans to tennis, yet the public never lobbied for them to receive more prize money. Grand Slam events take on a heightened level of importance, and global interest, when they play well. Yet if someone suggested they receive more prize money all H-E-L-L would break loose.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    They definitely down graded at the PG spot

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Fair assessment.
    I always understood Fishers worth defensively. He would get blown by with the quick lil guys, but you give him someone that doesn’t have blinding speed and he’ll out-strength and out smart them.
    Nash, as you said has… well… always sucked defensively.
    The one thing he has going for him is the ability to take the charge. (unless Kobe gets in his ear and tells him how it will end his career before he’s 35… wait…what)
    Overall, I do think that Nash is a huge upgrade for the Lakers over Fisher and Sessions. Hopefully Steve Blake finds some inner Portland or something in him so that he can deliver decently off the bench.(He actually was solid last season)
    It is going to have to be a team effort to make them an upper echelon team. Luckily Nash is known for being able to bring a team together and his positive attitude also appears to be the perfect sugar coating for Kobe’s a$$hole-ish-ness(it’s a word, look it up)
    Anyway, thanks for your thoughts, because I was curious if you thought it might be a fail because of Nash’s style not matching well.

  • RunNGun

    @CubicleWorker Are you Felton kidding me? The Rockets logo was changed to the current one so it resembled more of a Chinese character due to Yao Ming. His marketing opportunities will be just as much or even better than if he would have stayed with the Knicks. Remember, you’ve got 1.5 billion people in China and another 25 million in Taiwan. And it’s not like he’s going to a small market or city… Houston is the fourth largest city in the USA.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man everyone is projecting how much money Lin will make New York.
    No one knows how that will shake out if dude doesn’t do well out the gate.
    Lin signed the best possible contract for himself. The Kicks looked at it and said “I don’t think that’s for us.”
    Let’s wait and see how it turns out before we condemn the decision as stupid, or laud it as smart.

  • Toner

    Can the Knicks match the contract and restructure it? ie. make it $8.5 mil a year for the next 3 years in order to take the sting out of the 3rd year?

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  • LA Huey


  • CubicleWorker

    Toner – no.

    RunNGun – I don’t don’t doubt that, I mainly made the ref to maybe having more opportunities in new york to humour Ip, frankly it won’t make too much of a difference.

    AllenP – That’s fair enough if the knicks don’t decide to match. I think it’s ridiculous that THIS is the contract that they don’t like after signing how many ludicrous deals over the last decade.

    After all the lockout talk to which I mainly sided with the owners I’m surprised that now the fans have a problem with JLin making $25M when that contract makes more business sense than Gerald Wallace at $40M, Humphries at $24M (though I see your point about the potential trade numbers working out), Batum at $48M.. Really?? Batum is worth twice as much as Lin??? People on these boards need to chill

  • O

    I know Jeremy is tight. He seriously overplayed his hand. He wanted to be a Knick AND get overpaid something serious. Couldn’t have his cake and eat it too, b. He’ll make his marketing money fa sho, but he ain’t going to be on a winning team if Dwight doesn’t make it there. It’ll be the Lin show without a Dwight, Melo or Stat which means he’ll be the only cat getting double-teamed on the reg. I hope he’s up for the challenge…

  • http://allanzuss@gmail.com Mendel

    Good Riddence. He was a bum, who had a good run.

  • LA Huey

    I see you, Cubicle.

  • JB

    So many SLAM readers don’t know sh!t about basketball.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Time to get Jeremy Lin fitted with a grill and get him a Slab with 84′s on it. Welcome to Houston

  • Jono

    EVERYONE! You do know he is only gonna earn $5M next season and the following right? You whine and whine about $15M in his 3rd season and SO MANY players have done worse without hearing peoples complains of this magnitude. I’m looking at you Eddy Curry, Jerome James, Kwame Brown etc.

  • CDaTyrant

    @Kevin u forgot about that Styrofoam cup wit purple/pink drank my guy.

  • Buyout


    He doesn’t need a team full of bullshit fans like NY!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Lin is like a 6’3 version of Yao Ming. Im surprised the Knicks didnt retain his services.

  • jar 81475

    Houston cut this guy now you are giving him crazy money. The Knicks did the best thing. Lin won’t last two years in houston he’s not worth that much money.

  • MeloMan15

    @slick ric… how is he a 6’3 yao ming? Besides race (which they dont even share in common, seeing as how yao is chinese and lin is taiwanese) what else could you be talking about… they are completely different

  • Mr6ftgreat

    Raymond Felton > Jeremy 3 months of deem cent nuttin spectacular Lin…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    @meloman15, that is not me, that is a troll…..for future references, don’t entertain these ridiculous statements this low-life loser is leaving pretending to be me.

  • pposse

    Lakeshow, I think your over analyzing your lakers..imo they already are an upper echelon team! That team should easily make it to the wcf! The only competition is thunder, griz and I guess the spurs (but. The spurs might gas out after the 82 game grind) I’m cosigning whomever said that it is NOT lins fault if the knicks have to pay near 40 mill in luxury cap fees..how can a 40 million dollar penalty be assessed to ONE ball player?? Smh that is a logical fallacy…dicto simpliciter to be exact (I think)

  • pposse

    Cubicle is it just me or has basically every single contract that has been reported in the last three weeks been absurd?? Who in the eff determines the market value?? I see only one or two teams bidding for these ‘overpaid’ players services and then I’m hearing by slam commenters, analysts and the likes about this and that being the players market value lol. If batum getting 48 mill then kevin love will probably want somewhere near 100 mill wen he a fa, I mean cmon this needs to stop!

  • Slick Ric

    @meloman15, but they are both asian

  • Smizz

    Knicks made the right move. Although Lin has potential, the deal was based on 35 games that he played. That’s nowhere near enough games to give dude that amount of money. I’m not hatin’, just sayin’ that the deal was based on the marketability of Linsanity.

  • http://slamonline.com Chinese Oppenheimer

    84s, red doors, purple cup, screw what’s up…….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Taiwan is just an island outside of China, so Yao and Lin are the same race.

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

    @ nbk, Allenp: I agree completely… They could have just smoothed things over with Kyle Lowry and kept him on his much more reasonable contract. OR, they could have forked over the cash they used on Lin to re-sign Goran Dragic, who also plays at a borderline All-Star level like Lowry. But Daryl Morey has been a complete dumb@ss this off-season, so what can you expect? I don’t think they got better at point guard but they at least got Lin.
    That’s all I can say. I was p!ssed they let the other two guys go and I was getting prepared to skip Houston’s games this year. At least this makes things interesting.
    Dork Elvis made some good draft choices though.

  • Mike Wang

    The Knicks will lose games as well as money in the next 3 years . And they will find this is true when they begin to sell next season tickets .

  • Confused-say!

    is it jus me or did the rockets lose nearly everything they had? Scola, Lowry, Dragic, Budinger, Camby and probably someone else and they only player they have is Lin. Correct me if wrong its hard to keep up!

  • Confused-say!

    @Mike Wang…I am a big Lin advocate, i think he has great potential to be a good player but i dont think they are going to lose games because of him not being in the lineup. Lin leaving will have little effect on ticket sales also. Its NYC. Lots of Asians in NYC will be pissed also but if theyre only going because of one player who had a breakout season then stiff s**t to them. Go watch houston games on league pass.

  • Confused-say!

    @Redd…f**k dude. When i think of you, i think of some normal middle class white guy who isnt a bad guy or anything but does have deep seeded racism issues. You are the epitome of accidental racist. Its ok, you dont have to feel the guilt of your white ancestors. Just evolve.

  • http://Slamonline.com 1982

    Mike Wang did you start watching the NBA only after Lin had his break out games?

  • Confused-say!

    Also…….i cant believe the Knicks traded Jared Jeffries. You think the Knicks want to build one week and then the next you smack your head.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    It was racist to point out that Taiwan is a republic of china? Say what! I’m a non-white raised in the projects and yes I’m in the middle class. I happen to be Muslim, so this is pretty awkward huh? Yep.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    But I do thank you for saying u don’t think I’m a bad guy..I think? Lol but seriously I just don’t like the Knicks but rest assured I’m no douche, I’m actually studying to join doctors without borders, it’s real out here. But people on Slam really don’t like me, I’m about to change my name to Blu and start anew.

  • LW

    Houston will be a young and running team, its just under kevin mcfail lowry and dragic both hated his ass. Tough situation. His time to shine in New york and introduction to the world was just a precursor. Its up to him to put on a show and educate the world that hes not a sensation but a good basketball player. Terrence Jones is a man amongst boys dont underestimate him, parsons, along with dalembert, lamb. not bad very good young talent

  • Thanatos1521

    From what I’ve heard the Houston Rockets can spread the value of the Lin’s contract equally over the 3 years. So, Houston takes a cap hit of only 8 million per year.

  • Thanatos1521

    some link regarding Lin’s contract

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    David Lee was one of the better power forwards when he was on the Knicks, left, and became a good player… Point being- ok players on a bad team can sometimes look great… I wish this kid luck though..

  • L Dribble

    Point guards off the top of my head that are better than Lin (no order): Rose, Paul, DWill, Westbrook, Curry, Wall, Rondo, Nash, Brooks, Lowry, Lawson, Parker, Jennings, Conley, Collinson, Kemba, Lilliard, Rubio, Billups, Kyrie, Stuckey, Felton…

  • L Dribble

    Hope people realise that proceeds of NBA TV rights and jersey sales are equally shared between all 30 teams so Lin makes no difference to the Knicks in this regard.

  • Slapurface

    @REDD you dumb idiot. Taiwan isn’t a Republic of China! LOL. It is it’s own country. It split from China during their civil war.

  • JB

    Last season was the first time that Lin got some real burn. Like any other player that comes into the NBA, they all need to improve on their game and Lin is no exception. Taking care of the ball and playing D are Lin’s weaknesses. He doesn’t have near the athletic ability that most of the L PGs have, but like Nash, he will have to learn to use his court savvy. Give the young fella some more experience and he is going to be a decent PG.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I think people gloss over the information that this was the offer Houston made after the Knicks promised to match the first offer. So Lin got a great offer, the Knicks promised to match, then Lin went back and got an even better offer.
    Nothing wrong with that on his part, that’s called negotiating, but the offer he went and got was MUCH WORSE for the Knicks.
    Not really sure how people can be so disturbed that hte Knicks weren’t happy about Lin’s double dipping and decided to let him walk and enjoy himself. Seems perfectly reasonable to me, just like it was perfectly reasonable for him to use the Knicks promise to match as a way to get a great deal.

  • Johnny Asia

    Jeremy Lin didnt get an opening at NY Knicks. He was offered a place as pointguard in the first place in a game that the knicks were going to lose for sure. So the coach threw in Lin so that he will take the heat for the losing streak. But in true Asian grit he had already trained for the top role whilst sitting on the benches. He grabbed the chance, performed BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS and the chairman of MSG , coaches, advisors etc who I can presumed would be whites or blacks just can’t take it. They cant bear to pay BEYOND EXPECTATIONS to a person who actually captured the imagination of all NEW YORKERS! It just goes to show the Blacks can whine about racism when they face it but when another excel in a sport predominantly dominated by black athletes they were not exactly open minded citizens….jeremy represents the racism in USA. Imagine what would have been the response if jeremy lin was a black athlete and turned around the knicks performance like how jeremy lin did. Why he probably would be installed instantly in the Hall of Fame by the Knicks. Given the key to the city by the Mayor. He would be paid USD50 million and the Mayor of New York would have said Jeremy is worth every penny for the knicks, for New York, for America ! Instead you get the ROTTEN decision floating up from the minds of New York decision makers. Just like its banks who can bet against their own clients, politicians who spent more time posturing than solving a crumbling economy and have more war ideas than peace ideas.