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Report: Lin frustrated Knicks didn’t offer contract first

Jul 11, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

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At some point on Wednesday, Jeremy Lin will sign an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, a four-year deal with the first couple years at $5 million per and the final two years loaded up as a poison pill at nearly $10 million per.

And as soon as the paperwork arrives, the Knicks will match the offer keep his services.

But that is not the end of the story, not completely. Of course not, this is the Knicks. There has to be personal drama. From the New York Daily News.

“(Lin) was surprised that the Knicks didn’t make the first move,’’ a league source 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.’’

Lin, you have a Harvard economics degree and this was just business — the Knicks were never going to let you walk. Never. They simply let the market set your price.

But that is the flip side to free agency — players get courted, get recruited, and everyone wants to feel wanted. That matters. It’s a key reason Ray Allen will play for the Heat — Pat Riley made sure Allen knew how much the Heat really wanted him, the Celtics had taken that relationship for granted for a couple years.

It shouldn’t be hard for the Knicks to mend the fences with Lin. But keeping the talent happy is part of the game.

  1. rocketsbb - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I hope the Knicks match his offer because he isn’t really worth 4yr/30 mil contract.

  2. sportsstink - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    What has this guy done to deserve A) the contract offer he got from the Rockets, or B) to complain the Knicks aren’t doing him right? Enough with this guy already. He’s an average talent who happens to warrant a ton of interest because of stretch of games that proved to be an anomaly AND that he is Asian.

    Yes, people. His ethnicity matters. Live with it.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    We’re talking about a guy the Knicks are going to pay $30 million dollars based on one good two week stretch. We’re talking about a guy who turns the ball over at an alarming rate even when he is at the top of his game.We’re talkng about the guy who took way longer to recover from a his injury than just about any pro athlete ever, and at a time when his team needed him most by the way.

    We’re talking about a guy who was thrown to the curb by who knows how many teams, and it was the Knicks who gave him his first real chance.

    We’re talking about the only city/franchise where if you have a little charisma and make a game winner, you instantly go from being an average to below average player, to a guy who will be paid $30 million over 4.

    That guy says the Knicks need to “mend some fences with him”? Are you freaking kidding me? Wow

    Okay Knick fan……. defend your boy.

    • rtfinch - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      So basically what you’re saying is he’s a rookie that made mistakes?

      4 years 30 million is a lot, probably too much, yes we agree. But now they have an nba great to tutor him and will have the locker room respect to keep melo and amare in check, and it is the knicks, they overpay everyone.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        No. What I’m saying is that the Knicks made this guy’s life, and for Lin to say thet they need to mend fences with him is completely ridiculous.

        He should be on his knees thanking his lucky stars for the what the Knicks have done for him.

      • miamatt - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

        Let me get this straight. The 39 year-old who just arrived, fresh off averaging 6.2 PPG, is going to “keep melo and amare in check”? Have you lost your mind?

        Jason Kidd would be respected in any locker room, but to imagine that he would have any sort of control whatsoever over Carmelo Anthony is beyond absurd, it’s preposterous! In his prime, maybe, but not now.

        Perhaps Kidd will be willing to mentor Lin and help his development, but on the court he’ll basically be standing behind the three point line waiting to jack one up, if Carmelo decides to pass out of a triple team once in a while.

        And to shrug off Lin’s contract as :It’s the Knicks, they overpay everybody” just demonstrates the mental gymnastics some people will go to in order to avert their eyes from the truth. Here it is: the Knicks are poorly managed, and will never get out of the first round handing out these types of contracts.

      • rtfinch - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:47 AM

        he didnt say the needed to mend the fences. whoever reported the story did. and didnt he do the same for the knicks? when he started his stretch werent they below .500? his great 10 games brought them above .500 and back into the playoff picture.

      • elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

        Keep Caramelo in check… really??? Caramelo is the type of player that needs to have the ball in his hands in order to get himself going. Caramelo has shown over and over his lackluster effort to get involved in the game when the ball is not in his hands. Caramelo is a bottleneck and the only people that will defend him and continue to defend him are the blinded Knicks fan being that he “wanted” to be in New York. Knicks fan spit venom at LeBron, Kobe, DWade, and countless others for flipping the finger at New York, but deep down inside would prefer to have those players on the Knicks rather than Caramelo.

    • jetstizzi85 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Well considering how well he did play in NY – the biggest stage in sports – why wouldnt they resign him? In his short time with the Knicks, he averaged 14.6 points a game / 6.2 assistants and 3.1 rebounds PER GAME. Very good numbers for a guy teams threw away.

      Regarding his injury, how is that his fault? No one knows their body better than that person. He opted to have surgery now instead of later – cant fault him there. Not to mention he pulled a D Wade and played crazy bull style without any regard for his body. He will learn just as others have.

      How many athletes are thrown away only to be found by another team and succeed? I can name a few in Brett Favre / Kurt Warner / Arian Foster / Josh Hamilton / Chauncey Billups….bad argument sir. It just took the right system for him to do well.

    • packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM

      We’re talking about a team that a year ago traded all of its depth. We’re talking about a team that let its one good point guard leave for a center. We’re talking about a combination of a future HOF and one of the up and coming point guards right now they may or may not have his best playing days ahead of him locked up TOGETHER for 3 years, 30 million. Yes, they might not stay together, teams change, but Jason Kidd and Jeremy Lin for that price over yhe next 3 years is great for a team that had nothing 8 months ago.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        not the point

      • packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        Excuse me, but what is the point? This is a team sport, am I right? We should leave the simple minded thoughts alone of one contract, and look at the big picture.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

      I hardly ever agree with you…but this I agree with. He’s getting a huge contract because the marketing he brought them with his several good weeks of play. If Ekpe Udoh was picked up by the Knicks last season and put up double-double’s for two weeks, he wouldn’t have this issue of a ridiculous contract offered to him.

      • rtfinch - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

        do the knicks go 12-2 in that stretch? is he winning without the big 2?

      • andyhr17 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        If one year ago I told you that the Knicks would go 12-2 all because of Jeremy Lin would you have said you have believed that? Nobody even knew who the guys was.

      • rtfinch - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:25 PM

        But he did carry the knicks on a 12-2 run and back into the playoffs. Now he has a true point guard to learn from.

        I agree, this is a high pricetag. However would you rather just let him walk?

    • jolink653 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      We’re talking about a guy who brings in millions of dollars in marketing which will more than make up for what the Knicks will pay him

      We’re also talking about a young point guard who was relatively new to the NBA and had yet to see any real action but in the limited time he had he was able to electrify the Garden and turn the Knicks into a winner because his style of play was the missing piece needed to win consistently

      We can also talk about a point guard who can now work with one of the best point guards in this NBA era who can teach him everything he needs to know about the game and how to run the point

      Anything else?

      • jolink653 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:24 AM

        and I agree about the mending fences part of it but I’m assuming that “report” is coming from someone like Stephen A and so is not very credible because I don’t see why he would be upset

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      You are such an idiot that I don’t even bother reading your entire posts most of the time. The high turnover total came while running Mike D’Antoni’s system. If you had a clue, you would realize the point guard dominates the ball the entire time on offense and runs numerous pick & rolls. Also because of injuries he was playing nearly 40 minutes a game. The most important stat was they were 11-2 in that “2 week stretch” you call it. It is all about winning isn’t it? Not every team is handed victories by the officials & David Stern.
      Is he going to be overpaid? Most likely. But the Knicks made more than 30 million on him alone last year in marketing, so it’s good business to keep him. You’re also not realizing he’s only 22 & can learn from one of the best point guards ever in J Kidd.

      • heat256 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM

        The idiot title goes to you. And you earn it without really trying. Nash had a better assist to turnover ratio running the same system for a longer period of time, so to blame the system for Lin’s inability to post better numbers is stupid. Run down the teams they beat during that stretch. How many were playoff teams? I know the Heat made him look foolish as hell when they played. Your tired and stale lines of the Heat being “given” wins as part of a diabolical scheme means it’s time to adjust your tinfoil hat, loon. A team making decisions solely on the cash a novelty act can bring them rather than a true fit on the roster shows how poorly that franchise is run. Lin may NEVER blossom being on the Knicks with Melo hogging the ball. Let Houston overpay for him. He may turn out to be serviceable, but at the price he is being offered he better be an All-Star and lead the team.

    • badintent - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      RElax, it’s just Kurt blowing smoke, take him with a dump truck full of salt. I think you take Kurt and yourself much too seriously. I think you are jealous that Lin can cash in and you can’t. Get over it. Did I mention the smoking hot Asian hotties all over him and not you either ?? Harvard graduates ALWAYS cash in, Wall Street, Main street, it don’t matter, they make the big $$, you don’t . We all hate Dolan and Isiah, but that’s NY, always some mega-ego maniac like Trump or Wilpon to screw things up.Don’t like it, move to Omaha , Neb…………… oh, heck, you got Buffet there, ego time..

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      If you are going to get pissy and go into full stan mode whenever someone even indirectly alludes to the Heat, stuff like this drivel posted by you is why people hate Heat fans.

  4. finsfan71 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I think what Lin is trying to say is, “no MSG, please.”

    • majorhavoc83 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      That’s a great line! If the Knicks don’t re-sign Lin (impossible), I can imagine that back page of the Daily News or NY Post using that line: Knicks to Lin: No MSG, please!

  5. xrateplaya - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    MSG comment… Funny.. Don’t worry

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      i think its hilarious

  6. paulhargis53 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    1972: If Lin was to sign with the Heat, you’d be proclaiming how great he is and what a great fit he is on the team.
    Your transparency is obvious and your act has worn thin. Give it a rest. IRS because of fans like you that I hope the Heat never win another title.

    Loudmouth, know nothing fans are the bane of this website. Goodness there are a lot of the Heat and Laker variety here.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      My comment was in defense of the Knicks! All I said was that the Knicks have treated this guy wonderfully, and for Lin to say they need to mend fences with him is insane.

      Do you think Lin is right? Hard working Boston guy like you, I’d be shocked if you did.

      • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        72 is just a sensitive bandwagon Heat fan. One of thousands.

      • elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

        heat256 – My response was directed towards cantonbound13 and his m0r0nic comments. One can only accept m0r0nic comments once or twice, but to continuously make those comments has me awarding cantonbound13 the official “m0r0n of our lifetime award” for his continuous achievements.

      • heat256 - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        No prob man. I figured with your handle you were a Miami boy too.

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

      If Lin were on the Heat, 72 wouldn’t shut up about how great Riley is to have found him.

    • rtfinch - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      lin is only 24. you have to have your aarp card for the heat to sign you as a free agent.

    • heat256 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      No, the Heat already have an inconsistent point guard in Chalmers, and he has more balls than Lin. They’ll roll with him alternately making them happy and mad in the span of 2 seconds with his play.

      • elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        Must suck to not only live in Cleveland, but be a Cavaliers fan. First Jordan puts a knife in you and then LeBron follows suit. It’s a good thing to have Dan Gilbert as an owner.

      • heat256 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

        I live in Miami, chief. But I’d probably agree it sucks to live in Cleveland.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      paulhargis… pot, meet kettle. Why not move on from trying to tell others how to comment on this site. Time to get over yourself already.

      And the HEAT will continue to do their thing regardless of what you hope for.

    • badintent - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Preach it brother. 1972 is really 1984 ..Orwell

  7. majorhavoc83 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    The Knicks have been saying publicly and privately that they will match any offer for Lin. They even said they’d go up to a billion dollars to make sure he stayed (hyperbolically speaking). I can’t imagine that Jeremy would feel all that upset given what the Knicks have been saying. Not sure I buy it.

  8. dysraw1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    if the Knicks match this offer its more about capitol gain than basket ball and the same goes for the Rockets J Lin hasn’t proved anything accept his marketing value, this coming from a Knick fan who loved what the kid did last season

  9. youngyankee - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    I’m a knick fan and I can’t defend this.

    – Lin played in barely half a “full” season, and while the numbers were good. They weren’t real great either.
    – He couldn’t mesh well with the knicks best players (not that any of them do) despite having the role of floor general.
    – “because he believes what the Rockets have told him” – oh word? the same team that cut him
    – can’t go left
    – gets rocked by good defenses who pressure him.
    – wouldnt play in the playoffs @ 85% (although this could have been not his call and by the knicks mgmt) – but what player isn’t at like 85% during playoff time? Pierce played with a sprained MCL, Ray Allen with bone spurs, even the bitch dinosaur Bosh came back early.

    Lin, just work on your game this offseason, cuz you just aren’t as good as you think you are.

    • majorhavoc83 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      I somewhat disagree. Yes, Lin had a LOT of turnovers, but he was so exciting to watch on the court, and he was scoring machine when he was splitting the defenders. Yes, Lin didn’t appear to mesh well with ‘Melo, but you have to consider that the whole system was in flux, and with all the injuries & compressed schedule, it wasn’t possible to get in the practice time needed to gel. Yes, Lin didn’t play when we could have used him in the playoffs, but seriously…the Knicks weren’t going to go far in the playoffs, so why risk the recovery?

      Lin has proven he can play. Look, even Magic Johnson said as much! Lin is 23 (going on 24 next month). He hasn’t even gotten into his prime yet. With Kidd to help coach and mentor Lin, and with Lin’s work ethic, he’s going to be a great long-term addition to the team.

      Lin has a lot to prove this year. He’s a smart kid with solid skills and an apparent drive and will to win. I think with the extra pre-season workouts and a normal 82 game season, the Knicks will gel as they should.

      • youngyankee - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        i agree with a lot of your points. he has proven he can play at the highest level, but there’s too small of a sample size to even come up with expectations of consistency.

        so to say you feel slighted that the knicks didnt make an offer first (why would they when it’s their prerogative to match an offer?) is like biting the hand that feed you a bit?

        yes, the knicks weren’t gonna get past the 1st round vs the heat but that’s not the point, the other knicks didn’t pack it in. Tyson Chandler played hurt that whole series, Amare came back with a cast (after his dumbass move).

        Not even just the examples with Allen, Pierce, Bosh, etc who played hurt these playoffs, players in other sports constantly risk TONS of money and their future to give their team A CHANCE to win (i.e CC Sabathia w/ Milwaukee before his Free Agency)

      • elcomandanteenjefe - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        Magic Johnson has said many things and he has been wrong. And as for Lin splitting defenders, those defenders did not know the first thing about playing defense. Lin could not split the Heat — 1-11 with 8 turn overs in a spanking. Is he good, yes, when he is not playing with the bottleneck ball hog of Caramelo. Is he worth this much money, at the moment, no, but only time will tell.

      • majorhavoc83 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

        “Lin could not split the Heat — 1-11 with 8 turn overs in a spanking.”

        No question Lin and the Knicks got spanked that game. By the time that game rolled around:

        1. You’ll recall that Magic purportedly spoke with Lebron & Wade and told them they can’t let the Knicks come into their house and school them. So they were amped up already for this match.

        2. Every team was keying in on Lin to try to stop him. When he first started getting all the national attention, he was still largely unknown and teams were trying to find the weaknesses. Factor in point 1 above with this and you have a Heat team that was super motivated to beat the Knicks and shut down Lin as well.

        Definitely not a pretty game. That said, I saw that result coming a mile away! I knew the Heat wanted to give Lin a “welcome to the NBA, kid” kind of game.

        “Is he worth this much money, at the moment, no, but only time will tell.”

        You’re right about that; however, aside from all the marketability, he’s still a kid that hasn’t hit his prime yet. I’d rather that the Knicks invest in a young talent that can grow with the team than someone past their prime. Know what I mean?

    • lawful1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Apparently you aren’t good either, I dont see you in the NBA and when is the last time you TORE a ligament in your knee. People heal differently than others( or not at all, see Greg Oden). And you believe the media, who heard Lin say this,it is just media hype. Next thing you’ll tell me is th at Clinton really didn’t have sex with that woman!

  10. dbldmr - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Where did Lin say the Knicks need to mend fences? That was a comment from a source.

    • rtfinch - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      THANK YOU!!!!

  11. dutchman45 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Beats sleeping on a friends couch. He has won lotto 28 times over. If he needs a psychiatrist to get over his lack of Knicks interest, he can afford one. As a former govt employee don’t feel sorry for him.

    • southbeachtalent - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      Bingo, this guy went from nothing to everything in a blink. I’ve always said let’s let him play a full season before we annoint him the next Nash. But its the Knicks.. works out great for the rest of the East.

      Listening to the Ray Allen press conference, can’t wait to see him in the hated Heat uniform. SWEET

  12. ncfinfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    AARP card huh? And yet they are champs

  13. thenoblefacehumper - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    The Daily News is a rag. Wouldn’t look into this at all until we hear it directly from Lin.

  14. locolos - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    He’s not very smart for a Harvard guy. The Knicks offer would have been between $12,000,000.00 and $16,000,000.00. A high school graduate knows take the $30 mil and shut the F up.

  15. paulhargis53 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    1972: I see there are others that see you for what you are. You’ve made quite the reputation for yourself- not in a good way.

    Others have stated the obvious about the marketing, its not all about on the court with Lin. Not for the Knicks.

    Lastly. I am am a Boston fan. I’m not from Boston. I’m not even from New England area. In fact, I’m not even on the East cost.
    It’s funny how people think that your a fan if a team and you have to live in that region. I wouldn’t expect any less from you. You’ve proven time and again that you are what I said you were prior.

    Cut your losses dude.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:26 PM


  16. pistolpete0903 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    much more than basketball, it was a business decision.
    He is definitely getting overpaid, but I bet the Knicks would make much more money off the court through Lin.

  17. dohoangquan35 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    the fact that this Lin guy attract more comments than any post in 24 hours just prove his marketability. Just saying…

  18. ebrownwareagle - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    When compared to the best PG’s in the game; Limited skill set and a backup at best. ie.. See game against the Nets Deron Williams. He abused the kid, as well as the Heat. Mario Chalmers embarrassed him. If your in it to make a lot of money via the Asian market. Great Move. If you want a Championship. BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD.

  19. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    I guess Lin wasn’t at Harvard for a Degree in Business

    • dexterismyhero - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      He was there to meet Obama I think.

  20. paulhargis53 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    truth: Nowhere in either of my posts to 1972 did I ” tell him(or others) how to post”.

    I did say his act has worn thin.
    I did say he was a know nothing loudmouth.
    I did say that he should give it up.
    I did say if Lin would sign with Miami, he would be slobbering all over how great he was.
    I did say that posters like him are the reason I and many others root against the Heat/Lakers.
    All facts. I guess the “truth hurts.”.

    Of course Miami will do what they do – win or lose. Do you really think that any of these posts affect the outcomes of games. Di you secretly harbor hope that Wade or Bron bron read these posts for motivation purposes? Uff.

    You may want to stay out of other people’s discussions, you aren’t equipped to be in a battle of wits. You’re woefully unarmed.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Jeez. Remind me never again to defend the Knicks and/or compliment the work ethic of Bostonians. Talk about sensitive.

      Never said one word about the Heat in any of my comments here. Never said the Knicks shouldn’t sign Lin. They should. Never said the Lin/Kidd backcourt was bad. It isn’t.

      All I said is that Lin wasn’t disrespected by the Knicks. And he wasn’t.

  21. bgard79 - Jul 11, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    let me get this straight…. Rockets: a guy you cut earlier in the year plays like 25 games for another team and is now worth $30 mil to you?!?! Im not saying Jeremy Lin is not good, but in no way do i think he is worth that kind of money. He had an amazing stretch of games….albeit versus some over the lower teams in the NBA. When he started playing better competition, he kind of got exposed.

  22. mrlitl - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I have to agree with 1972 on this one. Lin is way overpaid, and does not deserve any stroking from the Knicks. He went from ashy to classy for 12 games worth of hype.

  23. mcsuave1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Lin hit the Lotto when NY gave him the chance. Rookie contracts are generally 3 years. Due to ineptitude (and the Knick opportunity) Lin lucked into 7.5 million a year. Knicks owe him no apology. a s a Harvard graduate, he should understand this.

  24. paulhargis53 - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    You’re a Packer fan- You’re the equivelant to a Heat or Laker fan.

  25. paulhargis53 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    You also completely tore him down. You ripped him to shreds. Again, if this is a Heat signing, youd be saying how great he is blah blah blah, ad infinitum.

    We get it, you’re a blatant homer.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Fine. Lin was totally disrespected.

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