Yoooo Welcome back Felton!!!!
Felton has a lot to prove after that season in Portland, just hoping JKidd is not Mike Bibby II.
Frank Isola @FisolaNYDN
J.R. Smith tells [Only registered and activated users can see images. Click Here To Register...] that Lin's contract could cause some chemistry issues in the locker room. Got to love J.R.'s honesty
It's not my money, it's Dolan's. If he wants to demand that Time Warner pay an extra 2 dollars to carry MSG (a cost that translates over to the consumer's cable bill), and that we as Knicks fans should see ticket prices go up every year despite being swept in the first round, then yes, I think it's a price he can handle. Also, the youtube link is bad.
Mchale didnt outsmart anybody, its the gm Daryl Morey thats behind what the Rockets are doing and to be honest nobody is quite sure what the Rockets are doing.
They have lost their 3 point guards over the last year or two (Brooks, Dragic, and Lowry)
They amnestied Luis Scola
They are about to lose Courtney Lee
They gave away Jordan Hill
And now they have offered Jeremy Lin a ridiculous deal where he makes 15 million the final year of a 3 year contract
Daryl Moreys plan was to land a superstar as he stated earlier this offseason. Looks like if they finally do get their star, it will be 1 on 5
I have a couple of possible solutions...hopefully nobody mentioned them yet
If we were to match and bring Lin back could we....
Trade his expiring contract after 2 years?
Or could we....
Trade Amare after 2 years when his contract is going to expire?
Knicks made a grave mistake by letting LIN walk away. Lin is a CASH COW. He brought in not only ASIAN fans but other nationalities as well. Even if LIN cant put up 18/10, people would still pay to see him/knicks because of him being the underdog, harvard grad, a good kid ( not the typical "thug") and of course the like-able guy.
I can't believe some people here are bashing LIN for accepting an offer that gives him more money. More rookie or young players prefer taking money over winning. Because of they are still young, winning a ring isnt their main concern - they have more time ahead. I cant believe how stupid some people here are.
Didnt we just do a sign n trade with the Rockets for a unrestricted FA Camby? plus they had 2 first round draft picks .. thanx to us
u forgot Rockets sent Budinger to play with Rubio/Love .. Damn I wanted to add Budinger to the Knicks as Fields backup to come off the bench with Novak.
Houston Rockets made billion$$$ dollars off of Yao-commodity, Lin is a hot selling commodity to build a team around .. the Rockets are having an offseason fire-sale on coach Adeleman players to get deep under the salary-cap.
I'm getting annoyed by all the posts criticizing Lin for being greedy and choosing to leave New York. This shows an ignorance about how the whole restricted free agency thing works.
The Knicks could have given Lin an offer before Houston or anyone else - say, 21 million distributed more or less equally over three years. Lin might have taken that. But he never got the opportunity. By some accounts, he was bothered by this, but perhaps those were just BS.
Instead, the Knicks chose not to make an offer, preferring to see what kind of an offer sheet he would sign and then deciding whether to match it. Before yesterday, everyone assumed they would re-sign win, with ESPN's Marc Stein going as far as to say they would match any offer "up to a billion dollars". Lin presumably thought this as well when he signed the rockets offer sheet.
The one criticism you might make of Lin is perhaps he could have negotiated with the rockets to make the offer more equally spread over the three years, so there wouldn't be the so-called "poisoned pill", which would screw up the cap situation for the Knicks in the third year. But he took the best offer he got, presumably with the assumption that the Knicks would match the offer regardless of cap issues. There was good reason for him to believe this, since everyone else seemed to be reporting this, and it was clear that Lin being in New York was a good business situation for the Knicks as well as Lin.
Perhaps you believe going with Felton instead of Lin is better off for the Knicks. But if they end up not choosing to re-sign Lin, in my opinion it is all on the Knicks management. They had a clear opportunity to sign Lin, and had many options to deal with the spiked third year salary, including just paying the luxury tax, trading Lin, trading Amare, or using the amnesty clause on of the the two before the third year. Instead, they seem to be poised to just let him walk, screwing up a great situation unnecessarily. At this point, I'm not even sure what their justification could be. I don't think it's just about money. Stephan A. Smith seems to think that Knicks brass weren't happy about him not playing against the Heat. If that's the reason they let him walk away, they are letting petty hurt feelings and pride get in the way of what's best for the franchise. Lin will be plenty loyal when he gets his guaranteed contract - the situation in Miami was not sufficient to doubt his work ethic and willigness to sacrifice. And Stephan A's comparison to D-Wade was unfair - D-Wade already has been paid tens of millions of dollars and is not in contract negotiations this year. Lin doesn't have money in the bank and was poised to negotiate his first big contract.
The Knicks CAN still match the offer for Lin. If they don't, it's the Knicks choosing to let him go, not Lin choosing to leave. From all accounts, he truly believed the Knicks would match the offer and he was shocked when he heard about the Felton trade. If the Knicks choose to let him go to Houston, the ONLY justification I would be satisfied with is if they have plan in place to go after Chris Paul or another top-tier PG, which I highly doubt. And that's no knock on Felton - I actually think he'll be OK for them. But Lin would have been better, and letting him go is a mistake.