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Report: Raptors to aim for Nash, and if not… Lin?

May 13, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami Reuters

The Raptors are constantly going to be linked to Steve Nash because of Bryan Colangelo’s link to Nash’s Suns which Colangelo was GM for. So naturally, with the Raptors improving, having cap space, and Nash poised to hit the open market, there’s talk of him heading to his native country to finish his career. But the New York Daily News has an alternative should Nash decide to go somewhere he can compete for a title (which is likely):

Toronto will be in direct competition with the Knicks for Steve Nash. But Nash is expected to look to sign with a bona fide contender, and the Knicks and Raptors don’t fit that description. The Raptors are also a potential landing spot for Jeremy Lin. They like him and what he’d do for their attendance, but Toronto would have to “back-load” an offer to the restricted free agent, paying him gazillions in the final couple of years of a deal, and hope that the Knicks would not match. According to league sources, that’s what the Raptors just might do if their Nash plan falls through. But considering that the Knicks have no other viable options at point guard, and Lin has been nothing short of a marketing dream, they’re seen as a lock to match any offer.

via With Chicago Bulls’ fate tied to Derrick Rose’s health, Miami Heat’s Pat Riley recalls Dwyane Wade’s ’05 injury – NY Daily News.

The Knicks are expected to throw whatever loose change they can find underneath the CBA’s couch cushions at Lin to keep him as their star “point guard who doesn’t get to play point guard because that would mean someone besides Melo is touching and possibly shooting the ball.” (Kidding!)  Toronto will be able to make a better offer for Lin in terms of his financial future should they elect to go that route, but New York presents a better chance to win, even with the offensive mess and the injury issues and the fact that an agency is pretty much running the joint. But the best option for New York is to let another team offer a big contract, like Toronto, and then match to keep him in town.

Lins’ going to have options, but how he recovers from his knee injury is going to have an impact as well. All of a sudden there’s a new big free agent on the market, a guy who was cut from two seasons this year. Because nothing makes sense any more.

  1. mydadyourmom - May 13, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Please no.

  2. cantonbound13 - May 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Players don’t seem to be too crazy about playing in Toronto. McGrady, Carter & Bosh are just a few examples of guys that couldn’t wait to leave. I don’t see them as much of a competition for New York.

    • cjispro - May 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Turkoglu too.

      • valanciunas - May 14, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        umm more like nobody wants Turkoglu… Pheonix didn’t want him, Toronto didn’t and neither does Orlando.. too bad his contract and his garbage self are borderline untradeable. no wonder D12 doesn’t want to be in Orlando.

  3. mydadyourmom - May 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Raps have a better chance of landing Nash than the Knicks for sure. But still only slight chance of him comin IMO. The Knicks could not be a worse fit. Tmac Wince and Bosh can all suck eggs.

    • raidmagic - May 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Yeah cause you would have hated them all staying. Lol

  4. jmclarkent - May 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Why a non-contender would want Nash/ Nash would want to go to a non-contender is beyond me (other than the citizenship thing).

  5. zblott - May 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    What’s the point in replacing one efficient all-Offense-no-Defense PG (Calderon) with another (Nash)?

  6. passerby23 - May 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    There are lots of players who love Toronto. Besides, you can find all kinds of NBA cities that players “don’t like” (Cleveland, Utah, OKC, Charlotte, etc.), it doesn’t mean anything. Utah has had a winning franchise for decades. OKC is thriving right now. Cleveland has had great teams in the past. Guys will go where they can win. Carter loved Toronto until things went south with the coach and team.

    The Raps have lots of cap space to sign a couple of high profile players in free agency. That could be enough to attract Nash if they can lure another player and draft well. As for Lin, he would be adored in Toronto’s heavy Asian market.

  7. cheers4ablumpkin - May 13, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Why don’t they just keep him? He’s better then anyone they have now

  8. Mr. Wright 212 - May 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Lin isn’t going anywhere. A true reporter who did their research would know that. The Knicks have right of first refusal to match any deal that anyone makes for Lin, and no one can make an offer higher than the MLE in order to acquire him. For what Lin generates in marketing revenue, that “measly” $5.5M is worth it. And he’ll get a chance to prove his worth this season, with a full camp and a full season.

    • valanciunas - May 14, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Well Mr. True Reporter you are severely mistaken. The Raptors can offer Lin a BACK-LOADED contract meaning yes he’d receive the MLE for the first 2 years but the next 2 he could be offered much more. Now, if the Knicks were to match that HUGE back-loaded offer, in 2 years they’d be in a very tough situation with 4 huge contracts & a team that has a ECF ceiling. I wouldn’t be surprised if Toronto makes that offer just to screw over the Knicks (division rivals) for the foreseeable future.

  9. thestudiokida - May 13, 2012 at 3:28 PM


    • thestudiokida - May 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      sorry I didn’t realize the Raptors were still an NBA team

  10. t16rich - May 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Get lost Toronto. Let Steve go to a contender.

  11. mydadyourmom - May 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Yeah heartbroken when those guys left cause and the rings they’ve racked up. Oh wait. Look at Bosh, he can’t even contend against Hibbert.

  12. a185 - May 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    When you use brackets () you don’t put a period before it, it goes after the brackets (duh). What’s in the brackets are a side note pertaining to what’s previously said in that sentence.

  13. isujames - May 13, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    This is why they never compete for anything.

  14. isujames - May 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    ^ most people say parenthesis.

  15. fanz928 - May 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Y would Knicks let him go and raptors have good pg my boy Jesus

  16. rosesacl - May 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Who knows what nash will do? Who cares… His best bet is staying in phoenix and hoping sarver springs for a decent pick and roll 4 like stoudamire but cheaper. Also some glue guys.

  17. jolink653 - May 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    the knicks aren’t a “bona fide contender”? with steve nash on the roster and having lin learn behind him this team could be one of the best in basketball if they can stay healthy…they got the worst possible first round matchup because miami is better but i think next year the knicks can be one of the top seeds in the east with the talent on the roster…with a good training camp all the spacing issues can be worked out and who better than steve nash to run this offense?

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