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Again, the obvious answer is for the Knicks to bring back marketing superhero, Jeremy Lin.
The Houston Rockets have made this a much tougher decision, as Marc Berman of The New York Post reported. Is Lin worth $31 million over four years? The Knicks have to look at the salary cap and luxury tax implications if they commit to Lin.
If they sign Lin, then there must be no doubt that he is the answer as the point guard. I remain unconvinced that he is the answer long term answer as a starter. I see that he is at best, a stats compiler on a bad team or as a bench player on a winner. For $40 million, I want a starter.
At this point, the Knicks may not have a choice but to pay up for Lin's services and at least recoup the money paid in Knicks memorabilia.
The Knicks would be smart to sign Raymond Felton to a veteran minimum contract to be the primary backup. At the very least, Felton will show up in shape and determined to prove that his terrible 2011-12 is over.
Best Case Scenario:
Lin is Steve Nash 2.0. He solves the puzzle of Stoudemire and Anthony. A season average of 14 points, nine assists and only four turnovers per game would mean that Lin is distributing the ball efficiently and the Knicks would have a top-four seed in the East.
Worst Case Scenario:
The Lin story has an unhappy ending with Lin shooting poorly (less than 42 percent from the field) and turning the ball over at a high rate (more than six per game).
Raymond Felton comes off the bench to reclaim the starting role, but the position is never stable and the ship sinks. The Knicks again make the playoffs as a seventh or eighth seed before being bounced out of the playoffs.