Continuing on from our update earlier, Mark Spears of ESPN has confirmed a Knicks spokesperson has told the media they have decided not to match Houston’s offer for Jeremy Lin.
The Rockets’ Kevin Martin has been quoted as saying “He can be just as exciting in here as he was in New York. Houston is going to embrace him and expect a lot from him”.
So Houston… you had better bring the noise, because Linsanity is coming!
Original Article Posted Earlier Today:
The New York Knicks have only a few hours left to make a decision as to whether or not they will match the Houston Rockets offer for the City’s adopted hero, Jeremy Lin in a deal that will see the young star guard move to the Rockets on a $25M/year deal. Nothing is set in stone yet, but endless reports have suggested that the Knicks have no intention of matching the offer, and are instead putting all their faith in newly acquired, yet aged point guards Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd.
It was only a matter of weeks ago the Knicks had told rival clubs that going after Lin would be a futile effort as they intended to match any offer to him “up to 1 Billion dollars”. This seemingly appears to be untrue however as New York has shown very little interest in matching Houston’s offer, although a considerably lower figure than 1 Billion dollars.
Many Knicks fans are against the move and have even started a petition in an attempt to persuade management to keep Lin for the good of the club and the City. It doesn’t appear to have made a difference however. It’s a hard situation to know which side to be on within this, because whilst posting amazing stats in his 26 games for the Knicks, Lin really hasn’t had the chance to prove himself yet. Was Linsanity a fluke? It seems as though the Houston Rockets are about to find out.