Let him walk
Resign him and keep him long term
Resign him and trade him January 2013 with Amare
15 and 10 (on this team) we can get from Felton, Kidd and J.R., and at a discount price. Now Iím more worried about the dissention and type of chemistry Linís contract will bring if he doesnít play like Michael Jordan. MJ was making 15 mil a year and JLinís contribution comes nowhere near that. JLin and every one of his fans is building some tremendous pressure, will he be able to contain it? NO ONE knows! Heís a risk, an unnecessary one at that. I really donít understand this whole thingÖitís totally LinconceivableÖ
To add... I wouldn't want to play or play any of my guys in the post season with a busted up knee....especially going into a contract year. The thought of re-injuring alone is enough for me to sit out. Some injuries you just don't rush, you are going to need your knees for more things in life other than playing BBall.
From Larry Coon at ESPN....
"Sources say Knicks GM Glen Grunwald was infuriated by the Rockets' manipulation of the rules. When Lin's offer sheet arrived at the team's offices in New York City, staffers insisted that it needed to go to Grunwald personally.
But Grunwald wasn't in New York -- he was in Las Vegas attending the NBA Summer League. The same sources say Grunwald then dodged the delivery for a day and a half, finally accepting it on Saturday. Since league rules say the clock doesn't start on an offer sheet until it is received by the player's prior team, this gave the Knicks until Tuesday night to decide whether to keep Lin on the Knicks and accept the luxury-tax consequences.
In the meantime the Knicks traded for Felton -- presumably as a replacement for Lin to pair with new signee Jason Kidd -- and let it be known that they have decided not to match Houston's offer.
So are the Knicks serious, or is this just an outburst before they settle down, match the offer and bring Lin back to the Big Apple?
Logic dictates that it's actually the latter.
Howard Smith/US Presswire
Lin's worth even more to the Knicks off the court than he is on.
Sure, the prospect of paying a fortune in additional luxury tax has to make the Knicks stop and think. But Lin is a moneymaking machine. Lin puts people in seats, both at home and on the road, and he is a merchandising bonanza. The stock of Knicks parent company MSG is up 20 percent since Linsanity began, with Nate Silver of the New York Times reporting that MSG's market capitalization has gained $600 million since that fateful day last February when Lin took over as the Knicks' starting point guard.
So what happens to MSG if the Knicks fail to retain Lin? Silver continued, saying, "as of late Monday morning, on the mere possibility that Lin might not be re-signed, MSG stock had lost about $50 million in market value." This was on a rumor -- imagine what the company's losses will be if losing Lin becomes a reality.
So if Lin plays up to his potential, he should more than make up for what it costs the Knicks to keep him. But what if Lin doesn't pan out? What if his 26-game sample proves to be an illusion, and he ends up as yet another flash in the pan? Will the Knicks be stuck with an enormous tax bill for an unproductive player?
If worse comes to worst, another new rule can help the team out. The "stretch provision" allows a team to waive a player and extend his salary payments over twice the number of remaining seasons, plus one. So if Lin is waived with one season remaining on his contract, he would be paid his salary over three years.
Here's the important part -- teams also may elect to stretch a waived player's salary-cap hit over the same number of years. So if Lin proves to be a disaster over the next two seasons, the Knicks can waive him, stretch the payment of his $14.8 million salary over three years, and reduce his salary-cap amount to about $4.9 million in each season. This would reduce the team's tax bill significantly. If the Knicks are right at the tax line, a $4.9 million salary would translate to a $7.35 million tax bill. This is much more palatable.
In sum, Lin will continue to be a financial bonanza if he keeps playing up to his potential. If he ends up being a bust, the Knicks have the means to mitigate the damage. The potential upside is well worth the risk.
So logic dictates that sometime before midnight Tuesday night, the Knicks will inform the league that they are matching the Rockets' offer, and Jeremy Lin will remain a member of the Knicks.
As much as keeping Lin will cost them, losing him will cost more."
Last edited by Paul1355; Jul 17, 2012 at 12:42.
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
LOL nice moderating guys ^^^^
They can trade him, they can use this provision, or they can trade somebody else. Brilliant...only a complete idiot would refuse to match at this point.
"If worse comes to worst, another new rule can help the team out. The "stretch provision" allows a team to waive a player and extend his salary payments over twice the number of remaining seasons, plus one. So if Lin is waived with one season remaining on his contract, he would be paid his salary over three years.
Here's the important part -- teams also may elect to stretch a waived player's salary-cap hit over the same number of years. So if Lin proves to be a disaster over the next two seasons, the Knicks can waive him, stretch the payment of his $14.8 million salary over three years, and reduce his salary-cap amount to about $4.9 million in each season."
Thanks for posting this, Paul. truly.
Hollinger is correct. So is Nate Silver and countless others who have pointed out that a cost/benefit analysis favors keeping Lin.
Does that really give anyone confidence Dolan will make the rational decision?
Great article Paul. Looks like theres an ESPN insider article saying basically the same thing written by Larry Coon (no 'cism). With this new bit of information it would be really dumb not to re-sign him, I think i was overlooking the way we'd have road games and the road teams would be cheering for us, or mainly Lin. Same thing sorta, but I hope the Knicks wait until 11:58pm ET to sign that contract just to stick it to the houston C*cksh*ts
If it isn't about the money based on the provision....
Then what is it?
The knee isn't healing right?
Lin slept with Dolan's wife?
Melo crying that this is a Lin town?
Melo slept with Dolan's wife then lied to Dolan that it was Lin instead?
WHAT IS IT!
OH THE HORROR and SUSPENSE!