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July 16, 2012

Almighty Dollar will bring Lin to Houston, for better or worse

In professional sports entertainment there is one god above all others. That not so

By nikk_la (Jeremy Lin) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

benevolent deity is the Almighty Dollar.

Make no mistake, that’s who was calling the shots when the Rockets offered New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin a three-year, $25.1 million dollar deal to make the move from the Big Apple to the Big Heart.

The Knicks have till 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to match the offer. All signs point to this not happening.

After making a lot of noise, aimed at appeasing the legions of Lin-saniacs who began following the team last year after the unheralded guard rose to stardom – including coach Mike Woodson saying that Lin would be back as the starting point guard next season – the Knicks have all but shut the door on the possibility.

They signed aging future hall-of-famer Jason Kidd (39), ostensibly to be a backup and mentor to Lin, but then reacquired former guard Raymond Felton in a sign-and-trade deal with the Portland Trail Blazers putting that plan in doubt. Felton averaged 17.1 points per game in 54 games with the Knicks in the 2010-11 season, before being dealt to Denver (he was traded to the Trail Blazers the following offseason) in the blockbuster deal that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York.

At the same time ESPN and affiliate ESPNNewYork.com began to cite sources close to the team in reporting that the Knicks would not match the Rockets offer for Lin. The deciding factor – money.

The player that the Knicks would “match any offer on Lin up to 1 billion dollars,” according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein’s sources, will likely end up in a Houston uniform for 1/40th of that price. There are several perceived reasons for this: the NBA’s luxury tax, lingering concerns whether Lin will be the same player he was before injuries sidelined him after an abbreviated, yet spectacular 26-game run as a starter and perhaps whether or not an undrafted third-year guard whose career had been otherwise unnoteworthy to that point deserves such a rich contract in the first place.

 
 


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