Jeremy Lin has verbally agreed to rejoin the team that cut him loose, opening the door to Lin-sanity with the New York Knicks. The offer for around $30 million dollars over 4 years is quite the deal for someone who was cut multiple times just a year ago and played under 30 games at the NBA level. But Jeremy Lin brings the global marketing appeal of Yao Ming to whichever team he decides to sign with and that’s why sources have quoted the Knicks as saying they will match any deal up to a billion dollars for the young point guard.
Let’s step out of the marketing office and onto the court to look at this deal for the Knicks.
Everyone within ears’ reach of the NBA knows Lin tore it up as a featured player last year before Melo came back from his injury and continued as a more than serviceable quarterback for the Knicks, who won their first playoff game since the merger this past post-season (or at least that’s what it felt like) from there on out. Is the 23 year old ready to take the stage coming into the season on that big poster for the Knicks alongside Melo, Amare and Tyson Chandler?
With the Knicks also acquiring veteran guard Jason Kidd, who won the championship two years ago with Tyson Chandler and has made a few trips to the finals over his 18 year career, not only will Lin have an all-time great as a mentor to help him reach his full potential, but he’ll have real competition in training camp for that starting spot and for minutes on the floor. If he does return, it’s clear that Lin will be the point guard of the future for this team, but right now Kidd could give him a run for his money for that starting spot.
That competition leading up to the season and for minutes throughout could help push Lin’s game even further along and with the guidance of Kidd.
A few more notes on Jason that are interesting:
- 7th in total rebounds of active NBA players
- 3rd all time in 3 point field goals
- 8th all time in assists per game
- 2nd all time in total steals (1st among active players)
- 1st in steals per game among active players