Should The Knicks Have Matched Jeremy Lin's Offer?
Author: Mack Rawden
published: 2012-07-17 20:44:07
Last season, New York Knick Jeremy Lin went from worrying he’d be cut to an international sensation in just a few short weeks. Grasping at straws, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni subbed the undrafted guard in during a match-up with the Nets, and he ended up scoring twenty-five. A few games later, he scored thirty-eight against the Los Angeles Lakers, and in the process, captivated the entire city of New York.
Heading into the off-season, it was widely assumed the Knicks would match any offer another team threw at their new star, but now, it looks like the team is ready to let him walk. The Houston Rockets presented Lin with a three-year $25.1 million contract. With the last year reaching almost $15 million, the Knicks decided the price tag was too step, and according to ESPN, they’ve officially decided to let the point guard go.
Not surprisingly, this has set off millions of heated arguments in New York. Some are pissed at the Rockets for offering such a ludicrous deal. Some are pissed at the Knicks for not matching, and others are pissed at Jeremy Lin for signing the offer sheet without prior knowledge his current team would match it. Had he continued his torrid play, he could well have become a New York legend. Instead, he’ll seek to re-captivate the Chinese market in Yao Ming’s absence down in Houston.
Lin is a marketing force. He’s incredibly popular, and he generates revenue. Whether he’s worth $25 million on the floor, however, is another question. What do you think? Should the Knicks have matched Lin’s contract? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…
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