Jeremy Lin to Visit the Rockets: What Does This Mean for His Future in NYC?

TJ Nagy@@tj_nagyAnalyst IIIJuly 3, 2012

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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With his best bud, Landry Fields, probably on his way out of town, Jeremy Lin looks like he's at least considering doing the same.

Chris Broussard of has reported that Lin will visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, according to sources. 

Broussard and his sources; always one step ahead of the rest of us. 

It looks like things could go from bad to worse very quickly for the Knickerbockers, especially if Houston offers Lin that dreaded eight-figure salary in the third and fourth year of a new big-money contract. 

The Knicks have said all along that they'll be incredibly hesitant to match such an offer, but as their pursuit for mega-free agent Steve Nash starts to dissolve before the team's very eyes, their point guard situation is starting to look more and more desperate.

And as free agency continues to heat up, the options may start to dwindle pretty quickly. 

The financial ramifications of such a large deal for Lin would teeter on catastrophic for the Knicks in the next few years, but this visit to Houston may force the Knicks' hand sooner rather than later. 

Besides the new addition of the Rockets, the Raptors, Mavs and Nets have also been tied to the Jeremy Lin sweepstakes.

Recently, with the Raptors signing Fields, it looks like they won't be able to offer Lin a "poison-pill" deal at this point, which is obviously good news for the Knicks, and for Lin fans. 

The Mavs' and the Nets' decision will most definitely rely on where other mega-free agent Deron Williams decides to go. They both have the money to pay for Lin, and they both will be in need of a point guard.

Either way, Houston is the one that Knicks fans should keep their eyes on at the moment. Lin visiting any team besides New York is obviously bad news, and this may be the start to one pretty terrible 4th of July in the Big Apple.

It's not time to panic yet, but the fact that Lin may be starting to test the market is far from a comforting thought. 

All I know is, this is far from the last time we'll see "poison-pill contract" and "Jeremy Lin" in the same sentence.