At this point, the New York Knicks have to see if Jeremy Lin can maintain this level of success over the long haul, right? They have to hold off on trading away assets for a point guard while Lin continues to light it up, right?
I believe so.
The Knicks have shown the most interest, sources say, and discussed a possible deal involving Renaldo Balkman and Mike Bibby. The Rockets were not interested. Bibby, who was signed as a free agent before the season, can't be traded before March 1.
But after three straight starts, Lin has scored a combined 76 points and dished 25 assists. Oh, and the Knicks are 3-0 in those games.
He's been exactly what Mike D'Antoni has needed in his offensive system—a pure point guard.
And it's why Donnie Nelson, president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks, offered him a one-year guaranteed contract in the summer of 2010, as he said Thursday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin Show (via ESPN):
I’m just always attracted to smart point guards. Jason Kidd and Stevie Nash and J.J. [Barea], they’ve all got their individual slants; J.J. is a little bit more of a scoring point guard, obviously a guy like Jason is a once-in-a-lifetime-type Hall of Famer, but with Jeremy I really, really liked the way he saw the game. He was kind of a stock that really hadn’t been exposed very much at Harvard.
The Knicks are liking the way Lin is seeing the game right now as well. At this point, the team's best bet is to give Lin a chance to prove whether or not he can be the point guard of the future.
He very may well end up being a flash in the pan, or he may be exactly what this team needs to make a playoff run. Rather than make a move for a player like Flynn, the Knicks' best bet is to see if they can keep up their Linning ways.
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