Let him walk
Resign him and keep him long term
Resign him and trade him January 2013 with Amare
I'm starting to think that trading for Felton doesn't necessarily mean NYK wont match offer sheet & bring LIN back.
LOOK, Shumpert is out until Jan-Feb. He may hit a bump in the road and be lost until March. In other words, who knows what we'll get from Shump this season.
Knicks need a SG. Simple as that.
JR Smith did the Knicks a real solid by signing so cheaply. I guess this is why news of HOU's offer to LIN irked him. He stayed with NYK at a bargain price so NYK would be able to build a winner. HOU offered that ridiculous contract, so if NY matches then it hurts us... But I digress. It wont hurt until 2014-2015.
JR Smith is best suited as the team's 6th man. I know Woodsen has faith in him; I realize he plays hard & plays defense... But he's too streak to be dependable. He's a volume shooter anyway. If he's instant offense off the bench, then he's one of the top 6th-men in the NBA. Our 2nd unit doesn't skip a beat. IF JR starts, then we still have a hole (depth at SG), and on some nights we even have a weakness from the SG position.
This means Knicks have 3 options:
1) Sign a vet to time-share at SG, holding things down until Shump returns, & serving as insurance in case Smith cannot consistently handle the role.
2) Go with JR, knowing we can rotate PGs into combo roles... We'll get by until Shump returns, even if it hurts us a game here or there. We know we can always swing a trade if necessary at the deadline.
3) KEEP LIN. As crazy as it sounds, this means you don't have to sign a vet and hope for the best; you don't have to depend on some team trading you a SG at the deadline; and if Shump doesn't return until March or even is out all year... all is well.
It's obvious, the Knicks will be built around their powerful front court, and they'll go the Ewing way when Ward & Childs were running around.
Felton & Lin would start.
Sure, it would be a work-in-progress at first, and might be an overkill this season... But Kidd is OLD (and the DUI might have swayed Dolan to not put all his eggs in this basket). WHo knows what Pablo is.
Retaining Jeremy LIN would ensure we have a PG. Between the 4 options, at least 1 will emerge this season.
Anyway, Kidd would be the backup... JR Smith the 6th-man.
Depending on matchups, chemistry and what not, Woodsen would have plenty of options and combinations to work with.
Felton runs the offense and works the pick-n-roll. Gritty vet who will compete. Kidd passes and can pop the kickout 3.
Pablo... we shal see.
But JR & LIN will both penetrate & dish, and create...
What's wrong with that?
A skeptics view. Nicely put, too.
What if Lin were to break out again at approx $8M a year? We can only prognosticate, but I certainly wouldn't be shocked if he were to turn out a 15 and 10 PG.
Would numbers close to that range afford him a little faith from you, RNYB?
Yeah, that has been the exact reasoning for why Dolan wouldn't want to do this deal that i've been saying for the past 2 days. "Reporters" like Isola/Stephen A who attribute this decision to the "85 %" issue or 2nd contract negotiation need to realize they are just being made look like a fool by FO people who don't want to admit they want to save money.
The bottom line, though, is that reasoning is all from a financial standpoint directly from Dolan's wallet. Without Lin, Dolan is 60 million dollars richer, and the Knicks are good enouh to put people in the seats, maybe be a playoff team and win a series if we are lucky. With him, there is potential we haven't tapped, although a championship is still unlikely, and a large uptick in ticket revenue is unlikely.
"resign lin, worry about later, later" Walt Clyde Frazier
"The Knicks are back" - Amare
That's why that Q&A you posted may have been the first real good journalism that i've seen on this issue...Somebody actually bothered to read the CBA and remove some misinformation that is floating around.
Skip Bayless, Stephen A, Jalen Rose, Broussard, Isola and so on, could all be replaced and outmatched by members of this very board. You'd then have to go through the rigmarole of weeding out all the knob head fans that pay any attention to them afterward, of course.
This has been a good thread. Many thanks to Crazy8s, CoolClyde and some others for moving it along with solid information. I knew there were some sort of "stretch" provisions in the new CBA, but did not know enough about them to see their possible application with respect to Lin's third year. Walt Frazier is right, worry about later, later. If it is personal with Dolan, he can trade Lin to a destination Lin would not like.
By the way, does anyone know a site with a complete copy of the new CBA?
The Knicks were protecting their own investment and thinking long-term by not allowing Lin to play in the first round. If the Knicks made it to the 2nd round and Lin still didn't play, it would be cause for skepticism.
...but I don't understand how you criticize Lin for not playing in the playoffs at 85% WHEN IT WASN'T EVEN HIS DECISION IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!
It's times like these that I hate the NBA news and all the misinformed commenters.
Why the FORKS would Lin play in the Heat series?
Knicks had 0 chance of winning the series with or without Lin, makes no difference.
Guy did the smart thing by taking time to heal completely. I don't knock Lin for this, I support him.
LINNYLINNYLINNY COME BACK TO ME COME BACK TO NEW YORK MR LIN WE NEEEED YOU