Jeremy Lin Trade Rumors: Could He End Up Back With New York Knicks?
Now that NBA free agency is in full swing, there are rumors running rampant. Last season Jeremy Lin was the center of those rumors and this offseason he finds himself in the middle of trade rumors. The Houston Rockets are currently heavily pursuing Dwight Howard, but according to reports, Howard will only sign with the Rockets if they are willing to bring in a third superstar to go along with himself and James Harden. The only way that could happen would be if the Rockets trade away Jeremy Lin.
As good as Lin is on the basketball court, he really is no better than a bench player. Lin's value is more important when it comes to marketing, putting butts in the seats and selling jerseys. He is more of a celebrity than a basketball player.
In case you have been living under a rock, Lin first became famous as a member of the New York Knicks. When Carmelo Anthony missed a chunk of time last year, Lin stepped in and led the Knicks to several victories. However, he decided to take the most money and sign with the Rockets last offseason.
Is it possible that the Knicks would welcome Lin back to their team?
As stated previously, Lin brings a lot of attention with him wherever he goes and the Knicks have never been a team to shy away from the spotlight. If Lin would be willing to take a role on the bench, we do believe that New York would welcome him back with open arms.
Regardless of what happens with the Houston Rockets, it is hard to imaging Lin finding himself without a team. There are a ton of places that would love to give him a contract just because of his die-hard fans. As a basketball player in the NBA, as long as you can sell jerseys, you'll have a job.
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Lin Didn't Improve His Weaknesses the Previous Off-Season........
As far as I know, Jeremy Lin's hit on the cap will be $8.3 million these two upcoming seasons, not $5 million and then $15 million had the Knicks matched the Rockets' offer.
I think the wacky thing about all this is that Rox GM Daryl Morey is grabbing just about any attractive player he can find, but there is a disconnect between the players he's acquiring and compatibility with the Rox offensive system, which is maybe the most unorthodox in the league. Lin's strength is his midrange game, and Morey grabbed him to play in a "layups and threes" offensive system. When he then acquired James Harden, Lin's assignment was mainly shooting spot-up 3s, which was never a strength of his. Lin's midrange plays were all but muzzled in the Rockets offense.
The big negative with Lin, as I now see it, is while he's talked about improving his jump shot and left hand, the games simply don't bear this out. Lin's weaknesses haven't improved at all since joining the Rox. So either his ceiling is lower than first thought or his work ethic isn't as great as first thought. (If Lin were to stay on the Rockets, he MUST improve his 3pt shot.)
Lin also has developed some bad habits this past season. His jump shot release was a lot slower than it was with the Knicks, and defensively, Lin slacked off the latter part of the season. Although he'd never say it publicly, I really believe Lin was really uncomfortable playing under Coach Kevin McHale. (If you remember all those alley-oops Lin executed with the Knicks, he executed only one all season with the Rox. McHale really dislikes Lin trying "home run" plays.)
If you go to the Rockets forums, fans there want Lin gone. Coach McHale has benched him in the 4th quarter in games for playing poorly in the first three..... (I guess McHale never watched the Knicks-Sixers game on 3/21/2012.) And Ray Felton has made Knicks fans say "Jeremy who?" ..... I think Lin would be best off on a different team, but not necessarily the Knicks.
Summing up, Lin's "poison pill" contract might ultimately end up being poison for Lin himself.