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Free agent point guard Jeremy Lin wasn’t very happy hearing about the New York Knicks not making an offer sooner than the Houston Rockets did so, according to the New York Daily News. Lin verbally agreed to a four-year offer with Houston worth close to $30 million.
Though the Knicks will likely match the offer, the 23-year-old felt “slighted.”
“He was surprised that the Knicks didn’t make the first move,” a league source told the paper. “They know they’ve got to mend some fences with him because he believes what the Rockets have told him, that the Knicks weren’t as interested as they are.”
It might also add to the fact that the Knicks were also shopping for Steve Nash at the time, who eventually ended up getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Rockets are planning to have Lin return to the Rockets after they cut him last season for Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic. However, with Lowry traded to the Toronto Raptors and Dragic heading to the Phoenix Suns, the Rockets are without a legit point guard and would love to have Lin back on the team. They are willing to pay about $10 million for the first two years and then another $9 for the last two, according to reports.
However, most likely, the Knicks will match the offer as they plan to have Jason Kidd mentor him.
“They will match any offer on Lin up to 1 billion dollars,” a source told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Lin made slightly less than $1 million last season and averaged about 15 points and six assists in 35 games.
“What he has to learn is that it’s not personal,” the source told the Daily News.”The Knicks merely played by the rules.”
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