Knicks Plan to Match Any Lin Offer?
The New York Knicks missed out on 38-year-old Steve Nash so they decided to go even older signing Jason Kidd (39). Why? Because John Stockton already retired I guess. The question is, will Kidd be replacing, or mentoring Jeremy Lin, as the Knicks envisioned Nash doing?
That question will likely be answered in what the Knicks are willing to match. According to reports, the Houston Rockets are offering Lin four-year, $30 million backloaded deal intended to make it difficult for the Knicks to re-sign Lin because of the luxury tax. But according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, the Knicks are strongly indicating they’ll match any offer for Lin. Because it’s the Knicks, and they laugh in the general direction of your luxury tax.
But … the Rockets have watched multiple point guards slip through their fingers. As have the Mavericks. Both Texas teams are desperate for a point man and likely willing to spend to get one. And the market is thin. So thin that we’re talking about Raymond Felton being the next best target for teams. The best point guards have already been snatched up with mostly scraps remaining, and I think Felton just ate those scraps. In a weird way, the Knicks signing Kidd might’ve hurt their chances to some degree of re-signing Lin because it brought the Mavericks much more into play with their need for a point guard.