Report: Toronto Raptors May Make Bid For Jeremy Lin

by May 13, 2012

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.”