Let's get this straight before we go any further; Jeremy Lin has played three months of solid basketball in the NBA. Now let's get one other thing straight; he is doing nothing wrong by signing a three year, $25 million contract that will pay him $14.8 million in the third year. If the Rockets, and ultimately, the Knicks, want to hand Lin that amount of money, then he should jump when the time is right without blinking.
The offer is idiotic on many levels by the Rockets though, and the Knicks would be stupid to match it. This sentiment is shared by many, including the Knicks leading man, Carmelo Anthony.
“It's up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that's out there," Anthony told reporters Sunday before practice with the U.S. Olympic team.
Though Anthony, like many, scoff at the amount of money being thrown Lin's way, he would also like to see Lin back in a Knicks uniform. If that happens though — and considering Lin's impact from an international aspect, it's a possibility — then don't expect everyone in the locker room to be happy.
"I think some guys take it personal, because they've been doing it longer and haven't received any reward for it yet," said J.R. Smith to Sports Illustrated, who recently re-signed with the Knicks for two years and $5.6 million. “I think it's a tough subject to touch on for a lot of guys."
Whatever animosity that could exist between the Knicks players over Lin's contract may be a moot point now. The Knicks traded this weekend for Portland's Raymond Felton. Felton, a point guard like Lin, has played for the Knicks in the past.
With the trade for Felton and the signing of veteran Jason Kidd, Lin may now be the odd man out in the Knicks backcourt, thus allowing New York to wash their hands of him despite prior claims of matching any offer for the guard.
The Knicks have until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. ET to decide whether to match the Rockets offer to Lin and though they haven’t said so publicly, the rumor mill says that the general consensus among the Knicks brass is 'hell no' they won't match it.
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