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Old 04-02-2012, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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That leaves New jersey and Toronto. If Deron leaves, the Nets should put in an offer on Lin that far exceeds the $5 million annual salary that the Knicks will offer him under the mid-level exception. If Lin signs, the Brooklyn Nets become a worldwide brand. If the Knicks match the offer sheet, they'll be fiscally handicapped through 2016 with a roster that still doesn't make a whole lot of basketball sense. Toronto is paying Jose Calderon about $20 million to be their point guard for the next two years, but they, perhaps more than any other team in the league, need a face for their franchise. With Jerryd Bayless, Jamaal Magloire, and Aaron Gray coming off the books, Toronto could offer Lin an average salary in the $10 million range. Toronto, home to approximately 800,000 people of Asian descent, currently ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of attendance. The biggest crowd at the Air Canada Centre this year came on February 14, when Lin hit a game-winning 3-pointer over Jose Calderon. According to the National Post, the fans in attendance for Asian Heritage Night "cheered Lin the first time he touched the ball, and every time he scored." Linsanity 2.0 would not only boost Toronto's attendance, but could possibly provide a marketable basketball face for all of Canada. Given Lin's scoring instincts and size, a pairing with Calderon might even make some (albeit not much) basketball sense. Could a team built around Lin, Andrea Bargnani, Calderon, and, say, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist compete with Chicago and Miami? Of course not. But would they be an entertaining, half-decent squad that could fill seats and give the Raptors a desperately needed identity? Probably.
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No thanks to Lin. He still has not proved himself.
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Toronto is paying Jose Calderon about $20 million to be their point guard for the next two years




He's an expiring next season. And i don't want Lin here. And at 10Mil/yr that would be suicide!
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but they, perhaps more than any other team in the league, need a face for their franchise.
If Lin becomes the face of this franchise I'm quitting the team.
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I'd much rather overpay to bring Nash here.
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I thought the majority here loved Lin?

but honestly... if BC wants to save face I could see him make a risky move like this. at least he'll get a sold out arena to show for it. possibly 2 top 5 picks + Lin added to the roster next season.
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I don't know if Lin will be able to maintain anything remotely near the pace he kept up earlier this season...

I don't throw 10 million a year at ANY player who hasn't proven their mettle for at least a full year or two...
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I'd much rather overpay to bring Nash here.
I would rather see him win a title rather than squeak into the playoffs on this team. if other complementary moves are made to make this team into a contender then do it, but I don't have faith in BC building a solid team here.
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I thought the majority here loved Lin?

but honestly... if BC wants to save face I could see him make a risky move like this. at least he'll get a sold out arena to show for it. possibly 2 top 5 picks + Lin added to the roster next season.
I'd rather continue averaging 17,000 and go in another direction. Lin will be way overpayed for his good 4-5 week play which was far from perfect with all those turnovers.
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I would rather see him win a title rather than squeak into the playoffs on this team. if other complementary moves are made to make this team into a contender then do it, but I don't have faith in BC building a solid team here.
I couldn't care less if he wins a title or not. It would be nice to see but ultimately i don't give two shits.

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Old 04-02-2012, 04:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Where did the :facepalm: go?
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I couldn't care less if he wins a title or not. It would be nice to see but ultimately i don't give two shits.
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Where did the :facepalm: go?
too many people were using it as posts, filling up the board with one character quotations. Or at least that's why I thought it was taken away.
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I couldn't care less if he wins a title or not. It would be nice to see but ultimately i don't give two shits.
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10 million? And people think Jose is overpaid...
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
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$10 million per year isn't much compared to the money he'll bring in.

If management is willing to take that money and invest it in going over the cap, I'm for it.

There are many point guards that are better at basketball, but hardly any are better than Lin at making $ for the franchise.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #18 (permalink)
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100% not a proven players, show me a FULL season then we can START to talk
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:23 PM   #19 (permalink)
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That is a ridiculously stupid article, I'm pretty sure we're not shooting for a "decent" team that can fill seats. With that said, if this happens, I'm done watching this crap because we want a winner, nothing less.
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There are many point guards that are better at basketball, but hardly any are better than Lin at making $ for the franchise.
Based on what?
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