Who ever said the “Knickerbockers” didn’t care about Linsanity? The truth of the matter is that the team wants nothing more than to sign Jeremy Lin to a new free agent contract. So much so that the Knicks have already launched a preemptive attack on the young point guard.
According to TMZ, Knicks coach Mike Woodson; along with team stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were seen leaving Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, California. With them was none other than Jeremy Lin who will be entering free agency in just a few weeks.
Even greater news, the arbitrator had recently ruled in favor of the players when it came down to athletes, such as Lin, who had been claimed off waivers to retain their Bird rights [simply means that the team is able to exceed their cap in order to re-sign their own players - originated with the Boston Celtics when the team chose to re-sign Larry Bird, hence “Bird” rights].
Given this information, this puts the Knicks in great position to sign not just Jeremy Lin, but also Steve Novak, the team’s three-point threat.
However, the Knicks great fortune seems to be receiving negative criticism from the league. Led by commissioner David Stern, the NBA has plans to appeal the arbitrator’s [Kenneth Dam] decision to award waived players Bird rights.
With David Stern, nothing comes as a surprise.
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