This past Saturday, the New York Knicks have agreed to bring Raymond Felton back via a sign and trade with the Portland Trail Blazers. The acquisition was surprising to say the least since Jeremy Lin was technically still available.
The deal in full detail will send guard Raymond Felton and center Kurt Thomas to New York in exchange for center Dan Gadzuric and forward Jared Jeffries to the Blazers.
Let’s discuss the Jeremy Lin situation.
Early this month, as everyone already knows, the Houston Rockets aggressively offered Jeremy Lin an extensive contract [4 years - $30 million]. A huge deal that showed the league and the fans that Houston wanted another Yao Ming.
Being that Lin was a restricted free agent, the New York Knicks still had a chance of matching the offer, which many anticipated for the team to do.
Well, with yesterday’s turn of events [Raymond Felton acquisition], the Rockets’ four-year offer to Lin seems to now be set in stone.
With the Knicks grabbing another point guard, especially after the Jason Kidd signing, it seems that New York has finally decided to move forward without Jeremy Lin.
According to Newsday, the Felton deal is supposedly worth $18 million dollars for four years. While the Knicks still could sign Lin, doing so would give New York a huge luxury tax problem. Knicks owner, James Dolan has never shied away from going over the luxury tax and paying additional fees, but having three talented guards on the roster who absolutely want to play is just not a good idea.
So with that said, the “Lin-sanity” era is over, at least in New York. The organization would’ve had to match a large offer, a deal that even Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony thought to be too crazy.
When asked about Houston’s offer sheet to Lin, Anthony replied:
“It’s not up to me,” Anthony said with a laugh. “It’s up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that’s out there.”
This might be going overboard, but something tells us that Anthony never really supported Jeremy Lin, even though he was the guy that ultimately pitched the Harvard star’s name to the organization. The fact of the matter is that Anthony never thought Jeremy Lin would be so good. Anthony just wanted a true point guard and Lin was the closest player to satisfy that need.
In review of it all, Jeremy Lin is better off in Houston. Here’s why. When Carmelo Anthony returned to the Knicks, it was evident that Lin wasn’t the same player. Lin wasn’t as aggressive, in control, and definitely was no longer the point guard that scored a career-high 38 points against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.
In order for Jeremy Lin to continue his success, he needs to play for an organization where the team needs his scoring ability along with all his other talents, such as passing and stealing the ball.
Houston could provide just that. The Rockets had made moves of their own in this off-season, including the PG Kyle Lowry trade for a future first round pick. In addition, the team had amnestied big man, Luis Scola, in hopes to sign free agent center Dwight Howard.
If Jeremy Lin is really a star, Houston would be a great place for him to shine without any distractions.
What’s your take on the whole Jeremy Lin saga?
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