Originally written June 27, 2012 on Knicks Journal :
With July 1st and the NBA's free agency period steadily approaching, Newsday's Al Iannazone reports that the Knicks have extended qualifying offers to both Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields.It's well known that the Knicks will look to lock up with a long-term contract. Whether or not they'll have to use their Midlevel Exception (or instead own "Bird Rights) to do so remains to be seen.Lin, who will turn 24 this summer, showed great potential as "Linsanity" engulfed the entire NBA nation this season. Building up chemistry with the likes of Fields, Steve Novak, and even Amar'e Stoudemire, he proved that he easily can elevate the play of his teammates on a nightly basis.The young guard's ability to penetrate to the basket and evade defenders makes him a multi-talented player for New York. That said, while he thrives with the ball (whether he takes it to the hole or distributes it effectively), Lin will have to continue working towards an on the court u...
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