Will Jeremy Lin return to the city where he earned his economics degree?
Rajon Rondo has ruffled enough feathers in Boston to make this scenario a possibility, though it all depends on the mix of players that the Celtics could surround him with.
Chances are the big three in Beantown are not going to remain intact beyond this season. But does Lin’s connection to New York keep him playing at Madison Square Garden? Chances are good that he remains a Knick, but swapping point guards with the Boston Celtics is not out of the question.
Looking at basic economics, the Knicks have a better launching pad for a global brand, and that could ultimately decide Lin's future.
[This section was added in response to multiple comments calling me insane for even suggesting that Boston should consider Lin and dump Rondo]
In Rondo's second season (2007-08), after playing over 23 minutes per game in his rookie campaign, he averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game. In Lin's second season (this year), after averaging less than 10 minutes per game in only 29 appearances, he is averaging 14.9 points, 6.3 assists and 1.6 steals.
Further, Rondo shot 26 percent from behind the arc in his second year (Lin is shooting 32 percent), and Rondo only made 60 percent of his free throws (compared to Lin's near 80 percent).
Rondo is definitely better right now, but he also has five full season under his belt.
The Celtics could save a bunch of money and still have a good point guard if they go after Lin, one tha could arguably be better than Rondo at the same stage in his career. Add on top of that the fact Lin is marketing gold, and this possibility only increases.