The New York Knicks have plenty of experience overpaying athletes.
From Jerome James to Amar'e Stoudemire, this franchise has consistently made guys richer than they deserve to be.
Thanks to the interest around the league in snatching him away, restricted free agent Jeremy Lin may become the newest Knick to cash in. A number of teams could make it plenty expensive for New York to keep their up-and-coming star in the fold, and one way or another, this point guard will most certainly get paid.
In 25 games starting for the Knicks, Lin averaged over 18 points and nearly eight assists per game.
Despite struggling with turnovers, there wasn't much not to like about Lin's game. Nor was there a large enough sample size to justify giving this guy upwards of $40 million over the next four years.
He could settle in a consistent starter role to be sure, but he's probably not headed to an All-Star game any time soon (unless his legion of fans vote him into the starting lineup).
Lin has good range and showed a penchant for getting hot at the right time–but even the most free-spending general manager has to worry about investing so much cap space in a guy who's yet to start an entire season in the NBA.
If Lin proves his detractors wrong, good for him. It wouldn't be the first time.
And it goes without saying he'll be worth every penny from a marketing perspective. He just won't make nearly as much sense from a basketball perspective, where cap flexibility can be the difference between a team turning the corner or remaining stuck with a roster that just won't cut it.
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