The New York Knicks lost Jeremy Lin in a widely unpopular move when they failed to pony up the cash to sign him long term following the “Linsanity” phenomenon in 2012. Less than two years later, it sounds like they would love to have him back.
Chad Ford joined Bill Simmons on the “B.S. Report” Tuesday and was asked about the action leading up to the NBA trade deadline. Ford mentioned that he believes the Knicks are trying hard to make a deal and that they want a point guard. He mentioned Lin as one player the Knicks would love to have.
Ford said the Knicks were “going after a point guard — Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague … another guy they’d love to get their hands on is Jeremy Lin.”
Ford mentioned that the Knicks want a point guard and want to shake it up. The Knicks are currently 20-33 and are not in the playoffs despite playing in the weak Eastern Conference.
Lin is in the middle of the second year of his contract with the Houston Rockets. He had somewhat of a shaky season last year as he was coming off knee surgery. He has settled in this season as a sixth man and has started at point guard when Patrick Beverley has been hurt, and he’s produced. He’s averaging 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, a steal and 1.1 3-pointers per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 80.3 percent from the line. The Rockets signed Lin to a “poison pill” deal that calls for him to be paid nearly $15 million next season. That was supposed to be a deterrent to keep teams from matching their free agent offer to him, but the Knicks might be willing to make it work. The question is would Houston be willing to part with him for the right offer?
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