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Should The Knicks Just Pay Jeremy Lin?

Submitted by on July 16, 2012 – 2:20 pmNo Comment

Linsanity will no longer take place on Broadway.

The astronomical rise of Jeremy Lin brought the stagnant New York Knicks back to life when Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t. A guy that nobody wanted turned the basketball world upside down with his awe inspiring run when the Knicks were thought to be dead in the water after being ravaged by injuries. He wrecked the Lakers with 38, dumped 28 and 14 assists on the Mavs, and had a string of dazzling games filled with game winners, floor generalship and just about everything you’d never expect from a guy literally at the end of the decaying Knicks bench.

What a run it was for 25 games. But are those 25 games really worth $30 million to the Knicks?

I think not.

For a team that is often linked to spending far too much cash for players that aren’t worth it, they sure did shock me by not pulling to trigger to match the huge deal the Houston Rockets are shelling out to Lin. A reported $25 million for 3 year deal where the final year pays Lin a massive $14.8 million. That’s a whole lot of loot for one player based on 25 games.

Some will be pissed that the Knicks let go of the man who gave them a much needed adrenaline shot. But is he really worth that kind of money? Do you really want to match ridiculous offers with the Rockets for a player who averaged 14 points and 7 assists?

Nah buddy, you have to let that one walk. Especially after you’ve been bitten in the ass so many times by players who never lived up to their contract. Hell, you have a rule named after one of them.

Also, we can’t forget the 85% Jeremy Lin who sat out of the playoffs to protect his future contract. Lin was about the dollar bill and rightfully so. But that doesn’t mean the Knicks should pay him ridiculous cash. Especially when it’s evident that the additions of Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton mean that the door has been left unlocked for Lin to walk out.

Let Lin be a star in Houston. Lord knows they need it with Yao Ming gone and in an effort to court Dwight Howard. They are willing to take the risk in order to be relevant. The Knicks already have Carmelo so they don’t need him for that kind of cash. Can Lin play? Yup. Can he play like this for 82 games? That’s yet to be seen. But the Knicks don’t have to break the piggy bank to get him.

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