2012 NBA Free Agency: 3 Teams That Will Make a Sucker Bet on Jeremy Lin

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2012 NBA Free Agency: 3 Teams That Will Make a Sucker Bet on Jeremy Lin
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Jeremy Lin will enter his restricted free agency with an impressive but limited set of stats.

This summer's NBA free agency won't have the drama of 2010 when LeBron James kept the nation on pins and needles waiting for his "decision." It won't have the rushed feel of this past year's when the lockout created a hurried and brief frenzy of free agency just a few weeks before the shortened season was to begin. 

This summer will have some big names and some lesser names and of course, there will be some interesting players on the market as well. 

Among the more intriguing will be restricted free agent Jeremy Lin. The point guard who completely took the sports world by storm in February is going to miss the remainder of the season with a ligament tear in his knee. 

There will be enormous pressure on the Knicks to sign Lin this summer and the odds are pretty good that they will. 

Nothing is ever set in stone and surely other teams will roll the dice on signing him to an offer sheet in hopes of reigniting a form of "Linsanity" in whatever city he moved on to. 

Whether or not that's a good idea is a different story. 

For all the hype Lin created and for all the quality games he played, it was a total of 25 starts. That's less than a third of a regular NBA season. It's the equivalent of a baseball player being really good until late May. It's like a running back or quarterback being great, until Week 5. In other words, it's not enough of a sample size to confidently declare that the player on the court is going to be able to reproduce that production long term. 

Is it smart for the Knicks to re-sign Lin? Well, the fanbase might revolt if they don't, but that doesn't mean it's an essential move. Then again, what other options do the Knicks have at the point guard position?

It's a tough call not only for the Knicks, but for other teams that may be enticed by Lin's very impressive small sample of stats. 

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