Well, it seems that the Jeremy Lin’s successful but short run with the New York Knicks has come to an end. Earlier last week, the Houston Rockets made a big offer to Jeremy Lin to join its troops, and for a moment there it seemed as if the young player who came undrafted from Harvard and that became a sudden sensation in February, turning things around for the Knicks when both Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were not at their best is now going to move on to the Houston Area. A week earlier it seemed really hard to believe that the New York Knicks would not give a fight for Lin’s services. After all, it was them who took the chances of brining him on, and it was them who had really discovered the full potential of this fast-paced point guard. At the end, however, the $25 million, three-year offer from the Houston Rockets was a little too much for the Knicks organization.
The problem is not the overall amount, but the wording in the contract set up byt the Houston Rockets. In his third year at Houston, Jeremy Lin could make as much as $14.8 million, more than half of what his three year deal will bring. Now, the issue here is that if the Knicks went on to equal that offer, because of the luxury tax, it will cost the Knicks somewhere around $30 million to get Lin playing that year. The big issue here is that Lin might ultimately cost the New York Knicks more than $30 million just around the time they would have to give up a combined $62 million for Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.
Knowing that Jeremy Lin was certainly out of the picture, the Knicks went ahead and got a little backup. The Knicks just signed Jason Kidd for three years and re-acquired Raymond Felton for three years, after they had sent him over to the Denver Nuggets as part of the multi-player transaction that landed Carmelo Anthony in the Madison Square Garden a season earlier. Now, the Knicks do realize that Jeremy Lin has potential, but then again, it’s unclear if that means that Lin will in three years become the next Rajon Rondo or Chris Paul for that matter.
Don’t get us wrong. The kid certainly is got game. Let it there be no doubt, we’ve got this one straight: any NBA player, even more, any rookie who can score 38 point against the Los Angeles Lakers, and who can follow that with 28 points and 14 assists on the Dallas Mavericks (the defending champions, at that) and who averaged more than 14 points and 7 assists in 25 NBA matches certainly has his game.
Last season, Jeremy Lin, made $788,000 last season and was crashing in one of his teammates sofas in New York City. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 35 games with 25 starts before his season was cut short because of surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee. He didn’t came back in the postseason. He was either too worried to get injured again and risk a new signing, or he was just not willing to play at 85% in the playoffs and appear weak before a new signing. Whatever his reasons, let’s only hope he can deliver in the Western Conference.