Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/11/12

Because he is a restricted free agent, the Knicks have the luxury of allowing Jeremy Lin to explore his options with other NBA teams to determine what the market will look like for his services. The problem is doing so may have irritated young Jeremy. According to the NY Daily News, Lin is reportedly upset that it was the Rockets — not the Knicks — who presented him with his first offer of $29 million over four seasons.

“He was surprised that the Knicks didn’t make the first move,” a league source reportedly said. “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.”

Obviously, the Knicks are still interested. They fully intend to match the Rockets’ offer and have not been shying about saying so. Rather than making him an offer and risking either offending him with something low or overpaying for him, New York did what a lot of teams would do in waiting for an offer from another team.

Some feel as though Lin has lost sight of the fact that he would not be a superstar if not for the Knicks. In fact, many NBA executives feel that the short-term success he had last season will not continue and that Lin will be nothing more than a back-up. If that’s the case, he may once again owe the Knicks a thank you for allowing his price tag to be driven up. Business is business, and a baller who nearly wound up playing in Europe a year ago should appreciate that as much as the next guy.

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