Let him walk
Resign him and keep him long term
Resign him and trade him January 2013 with Amare
I think it was a poor business decision to not keep Lin but from a basketball standpoint I can see the reasoning. Lin is a distraction off the court. So often was the case last year that the media would go to melo or stat and say that Lin was making them irrelevant. With that contract he would be making much more then J.R. and Kidd and Felton, all vets who are better players then Lin, So I can see the thought process, especially after the rockets changed the contract after the knicks let it be known they would match. I'm sure they understand that Lin was going for his payday (and it might be his last chance to do so), so i don't think they hold it against him I just think that they did a good job hedging their bets and getting felton back into the fold.
Lin will be better served in Houston, where the Yao Ming fans will be happy to buy his Linsanity merch.
To your other point, I think Lin will put up very good #s in Houston actually, since he'll be their #1 offensive scoring option & he will have free reign to run his isolations & put up points at will, whereas in NY with so many other mouths to feed, he would have had to figure out how to get everyone else buckets & keep all the other guys happy. I thought he sorta struggled with that once Melo & STAT came back & D'Antoni was no longer our coach & he had to run a more structured system under Mike Woodson. Regardless, the Rockets will be a crappy team & the Knicks will go on without him just fine IMO. The bandwagon fans will jump ship, no big loss.
The Brass is now acting responsible for a change, good for them. I'm sure in time the deluded will see for themselves the tragedy we just avoided. Houston has really played themselves this time, lol. It's going to be a long season for that franchise, believe that.
OK kiddies, the Linderella tale is officially over, we now can move on while being grateful that we ACTAULLY have a decent playoffs team to root for. For all casual fans/stragglers who seem to be lost (due to being spellbound)…The band wagon was recently reinforced with 18 brand new steel belted tires, and its now heading to Houston, .....soon to be “gone with the Lin”. *Playing sad music* frankly my dear….I don’t give a damn.
And that 25 Million, who's money is it? It's not your team's, because the Knicks are already capped out. It's a free expense, cap-wise. It just costs Jim Dolan, but then again it doesn't really. Lin can be traded in year 3. Doesn't really matter if he's a star baller, because the fans will still watch and buy Lin gear because he stands out.
Oh, and he didn't choose sit out the playoffs, he was told to.
Lin saved the season and that's not a quote from me but from Jared Jeffries.
I also disagree about Lin's competitiveness, time and time again he proved he was fearless taking punishment driving into the lane. And he always stated he would be ready for the second round of the playoffs, we just didn't make it that far.
I never heard any player besides JR criticize what any player was getting paid, they're usually happy to see a player overpaid because they want to be overpaid themselves.
im not concerned about feltons weight too much. i really think he's excited and motivated to be back and im sure woodson will get on him for it anyway like he did to melo
just playing devils advocate
I would have given up all three of those players to keep Jeremy Lin on this roster...****ing idiot Dolan of course thinks that Raymond Felton, a D'Antoni system PG, can somehow run this show.
And the amount of racism on that thread of comments on Lin's FB is absolutely disgusting...it's sad that people still say things like that.
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"Honestly, I preferred New York," Lin says. "But my main goal in free agency was to go to a team that had plans for me and wanted me. I wanted to have fun playing basketball. ... Now I'm definitely relieved.""Woodson was saying, 'You're going to be a starter, you're going to be a big part of the team,'" Lin says. "I came away really excited."By this point, Lin had no real idea what the Knicks would do. But there also wasn't much choice: there was all of one offer sheet in front of him to consider.
At least, while surfing the Internet last Sunday, Lin read that Felton was reportedly en route to the Knicks from Portland via a sign-and-trade. Earlier this month, New York had already signed Kidd; now, Lin saw the writing on the wall, along with everybody else. "Felton's signing was the first time when I thought, 'Oh, wow, I might not be a Knick,'" Lin says. The next time he heard from an executive in the organization, it was to tell him the Knicks were letting him go."Every single vet on our team that has been in the league longer than five years pulled me aside and told me that I shouldn't play," Lin says. "And I had arguments with them about why I should."
Dolan -- who didn't talk to Lin often but had generally been "really nice to me" --wound up expressing support. "I have plans for you in the future," Lin recalls the owner saying. "This is a long-term investment. Don't rush back.""People think it was easy for me to sit there and watch us lose, like I had nothing to do with the season," Lin says. "I was dying to play. I didn't miss a game due to injury in seven years until this past season, and people are acting like I wouldn't want to play in the playoffs? Of the NBA? In my first season?"The notion that Lin has always cared about money above all else, in particular, eats away at him, especially as he sleeps in his childhood home.
"If I really wanted to, I could have triple-digit endorsements," Lin points out, but he does not. Instead, and in large part because Lin wanted to concentrate on basketball, he declined to cash in on the Linsanity gold-rush -- namely, the mountain of business opportunities in Asia -- and picked only three companies: Volvo, Steiner Sports, and Nike."I love the New York fans to death," Lin says. "That's the biggest reason why I wanted to return to New York. The way they embraced me, the way they supported us this past season, was better than anything I've ever seen or experienced. I'll go to my grave saying that. What New York did for me was unbelievable. I wanted to play in front of those fans for the rest of my career."