The New York Knicks have been adamant that they'll re-sign restricted free agent Jeremy Lin this offseason, but that hasn't stopped teams from trying to lure him away from Madison Square Garden.
Chris Broussard of ESPN tweeted on Tuesday:
Jeremy Lin will visit the Houston Rockets tomorrow, sources say.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 3, 2012
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets are willing to spend some money on Lin but not a great deal:
The Rockets will offer a deal similar to the contract Dragic turned down, source said.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 3, 2012
Update: Tuesday, July 3 at 6:55 p.m. ET
It appears the Rockets are willing to pay Lin about $8 million per season, according to Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD:
Houston's offer to Jeremy Lin may be three years, $24 mil or four years, $32 mil. It'll likely be backloaded, only way to steal him from NY.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2012
Under these circumstances, the Knicks would have to cough up additional luxury tax to re-sign Lin, per the New York Daily News.
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Goran Dragic reportedly wanted about $10 million per season from the Rockets, a figure the Rockets weren't willing to meet. He also wanted to be the starter.
If it wasn't for Lin last season, the Knicks may have missed the playoffs.
He single-handedly sparked the team down the stretch before injuring his knee. In 25 starts for New York last season, Lin averaged 18.2 points, 7.7 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting nearly 45 percent from the floor and 34 percent from downtown.
It's very likely that anything anyone offers Lin, the Knicks will match it.
The Rockets are in a bit of pickle right now.
They have an electric starting point guard in Kyle Lowry, but given his discontent with the organization, he may need to be traded.
If the Rockets can't score Dragic or Lin, it puts them in a precarious position looking for standout backcourt help. They would certainly like to add Lin to the roster, but it would be a bit of a surprise if they could lure him away from New York.
For now, the Rockets may as well try for Lin, but the Knicks appear set on matching whatever offer the rising 23-year-old receives.
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