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Jeremy Lin: Promising PG Would Be Linsane to Spurn Knicks for Raptors

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16:  Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against the Indiana Pacers during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 16, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IMay 15, 2012

Harvard’s prestige would plummet if Jeremy Lin signed with the Toronto Raptors.

Such an unintelligent decision would be detrimental to the University’s reputation of superior intellect.

But in all serious, signing with the Raptors would be the worst decision Lin ever made.

Mitch Lawrence of the NY Daily News reported the NBA’s lone Canadian franchise is interested in signing the New York Knicks point guard in free agency.

While Lin doesn’t fit well in the same starting lineup as Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, a move across the border would be a crippling career move.

Since the 2002-2003 campaign, Toronto has put together only one winning season. They advanced past the first round just once in franchise history. And that occurred way back in the Vinsanity days.

In New York’s massive market, Linsanity flourishes. But a lack of success—an inevitable outcome in Toronto—would smother Lin’s popularity.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20:  (L-R) DeMar DeRozan #10 and Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors talk on court in the second half agianst the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 20, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowled
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Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan are solid players, but unless the Raptors hit big in the 2012 NBA draft—and I mean Anthony Davis, Michael-Kidd Gilchrist big—they won’t develop into a contender anytime in the near future.

New York, on the other hand, is one well-executed trade away from contending for a championship. Re-sign Lin and Steve Novak, swap Anthony or Stoudemire for a star that doesn’t demand the basketball in his hands to be effective and the Knicks will be well on their way to domination.

But even if the Knicks choose to pursue Steve Nash like the Los Angeles Times’ Chuck Schilken reports they’ll consider doing, Lin has better options than the Raptors.

Even Forbes’ Allen St. John speculated that Lin would fit right in with the new-look Brooklyn Nets if when Deron Williams leaves for greener pastures.

Nearly anywhere—New York, Brooklyn, the Portland Trail Blazers—would be a better landing spot for Lin than in Toronto.

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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