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GM Grunwald sees “no scenario” where Lin is not a Knick

May 25, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto Reuters

Jeremy Lin is a priority for the Knicks.

They would like to sign him using his Bird rights, meaning they still would have their mid-level exception to use on another player (say… Steve Nash?). But under the way the new CBA is actually written they don’t have Lin’s Bird rights (because they got him off waivers) and will have to use the mid-level on him. An arbitrator will decide how they get to sign him.

One way or another, Lin will be a Knick, general manager Glen Grunwald said. From the twitter of Al Iannazzone of Newsday.

Grunwald said he can’t see a scenario where the Knicks don’t keep Lin.

Put simply, he can only make $5 million next season, the Knicks would pay that and nobody can outbid them. It’s not that the point guard is worth the league average salary (it’s up for debate), it’s that he is worth far, far more in marketing. For what he brings in, $5 million is a steal.

So Lin will be a Knick next year. However it gets done.

  1. rickyspanish - May 26, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Curious to see if he’s good or not. A lot of hoopla over a small sample. If he is good, he doesn’t want to be in NY, Carmelo let everyone know that NY is his team.

    • stoudemelo - May 26, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      The Thunder is Durants team but Westbrook finds a way to survive

      (not saying Lin is as good as RW but it could work)

      • phaden27 - May 26, 2012 at 6:26 AM

        Is that logic I see? No way.

    • yournuts - May 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

      rickyspanish, what a rcrazy comment. Lin’s best days are ahead as a Knick. The Knicks martketing made what his value is today. He was put into that position because of Melo’s suggestion to the coach. He is loved in NY and as a point guard Melo needs him. His value would decrease anywhere else. New York is a MEGA MARKET. New York is Carmelo’s team but every team needs a point guard.

      • Justin - May 26, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        The only thing Melo needs is 30 shots a game. Wins/Losses, final scores, and other teammates don’t mean much to him

  2. xjokerz - May 26, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Lin would be smart to get out and get away from melo

  3. garyreazons55 - May 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Lin or not, it’s another ride down mediocrity mountain. Plenty of first round exits in our immediate future.

  4. duane888 - May 30, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    They don’t need Lin for marketing. NY is basketball crazy and the stadium is always full during a good season or bad. What the Knicks will do is overpay Lin, and if he can’t duplicate Linsanity or bring them to the promiseland, they will be looking to get rid of another big contract they’re stuck with.

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