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Old 05-10-2012, 09:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Knicks Mike Woodson: Jeremy Lin staying

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New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson said restricted free agent Jeremy Lin will "absolutely" be back next season with the team.

But as the starting point guard? Woodson wouldn't commit, saying Lin "still has a ways to go" to improve his game.

"Jeremy's a big part of our team, and will he start? Only time will tell," Woodson told reporters Thursday morning at the Knicks' training facility where players had their exit interviews with the coach. "He's still got to recover from his knee and use this summer to really work on his game to put himself in the best position possible for our ballclub. He has started for our team and he has played well for our basketball team. But this summer will be very pivotal for him in terms of his improvement, and the future's very bright for him."

In 35 games during the regular season, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game. When Lin was leading the team to a 6-1 stretch in mid-March right after Woodson took over for Mike D'Antoni, five players (including Lin) were scoring in double figures, and the Knicks were averaging 100.9 points per game and holding opponents to only 86.9.

"It just depends on the team," Lin said Thursday. "Coming off the bench versus starting, that means something, but it doesn't mean that much. There are guys who play pivotal roles who come off the bench. ... I need to be a lot better. I need to make sure I'm a lot better, a lot healthier, and that's my focus for the offseason. And then once training camp starts, wherever I'm at, I'm all about trying to make that team better."

Looking ahead, the biggest area for Lin to build on, which will be a major factor as Woodson considers whether to start him, is how the guard will handle defensive pressure consistently. During the height of "Linsanity," from Feb. 6 to March 24, he averaged 4.5 turnovers per game. But Lin did cut down on his mistakes shortly before he got hurt.

Thanks to a clause in the CBA -- named after Gilbert Arenas -- no other team can offer Lin more than the $5 million mid-level exception, and the Knicks have the right to match those offers.

Therefore, Lin is considered a virtual lock to be re-signed come July 1, the start of free agency.

"There's always going to be uncertainty until the final contract is signed, so definitely nothing is set in stone," Lin said. "Nothing's set in stone until it's really written."

Woodson's comments still left the door open for the courtship of a player like Steve Nash, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

It's been reported that Nash wants a three-year deal -- he is, after all, still playing at an All-Star level at 38 years old -- and the Knicks likely would be able to offer him only the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million.
New York Knicks' Mike Woodson says team will 'absolutely' re-sign guard Jeremy Lin - ESPN New York
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They have 61Mil commited for next season to 7 players. lol

And that doesn't include JR Smith's 2.5Mil PO.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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can he not only get 5 mill or something next year though?
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can he not only get 5 mill or something next year though?
Somewhere around there. He isn't worth more anyway. Wonder if they'll want Fields back? IMO they'd be smart to shop either Melo or Stoudamire. I think Amare is next to impossible to move.
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Nobody is going to pay more than what NY is able to pay for Lin. All this hype is crazy..... the guy is coming off a major injury too.
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Old 05-11-2012, 02:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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5 Mill is probably about right, what's the max you can offer for a guy like Lin though?
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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well with what amare said about nash, doesnt that say alone that he doesn't believe in lin as a starter, he would rather have a 39 year old pg start for the knick than lin

by the way nash will sign with the heat and start over chalmers

thats team he has made a comment about joining while i was with phoenex
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well with what amare said about nash, doesnt that say alone that he doesn't believe in lin as a starter, he would rather have a 39 year old pg start for the knick than lin

by the way nash will sign with the heat and start over chalmers

thats team he has made a comment about joining while i was with phoenex
nash isnt going to the heat, theres no way that possibility works out since wade and lebron want the ball in their hands
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I don't want to look it up to post it again, but the gist of it is that he is limited under the Gilbert Arenas Rule, and his first two years are limited to something like $5million. A team could attempt to sign him by majorly backloading a contract, but it's unlikely he's going anywhere.
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NYK would be stupid enough not to re-sign Lin...his market value exceeds way beyond 5mil...lol
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Somewhere around there. He isn't worth more anyway. Wonder if they'll want Fields back? IMO they'd be smart to shop either Melo or Stoudamire. I think Amare is next to impossible to move.
C'mon.... have you seen some of the guys who are making over $5M/yr right now?

Mo Williams makes about $8M/yr

Mike Conley will make about $7M next season.

Beno Udrih made over $7M this season.

Jameer Nelson made abotu $7M this season too.


I don't know about you but I'd take Lin over any of those guys right now.


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Nobody is going to pay more than what NY is able to pay for Lin. All this hype is crazy..... the guy is coming off a major injury too.
"Major injury"? Dude would have been back playing if the MIA/NYK series went 6 or 7 games. He was out just over a month.

Now what happened to Baron? THAT was a major injury.
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C'mon.... have you seen some of the guys who are making over $5M/yr right now?

Mo Williams makes about $8M/yr

Mike Conley will make about $7M next season.

Beno Udrih made over $7M this season.

Jameer Nelson made abotu $7M this season too.
No way I'd take Lin over Conley buddy.

Conley is a fucking man of a PG. Very old school.
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C'mon.... have you seen some of the guys who are making over $5M/yr right now?

Mo Williams makes about $8M/yr

Mike Conley will make about $7M next season.

Beno Udrih made over $7M this season.

Jameer Nelson made abotu $7M this season too.


I don't know about you but I'd take Lin over any of those guys right now.


"Major injury"? Dude would have been back playing if the MIA/NYK series went 6 or 7 games. He was out just over a month.

Now what happened to Baron? THAT was a major injury.
Those same guys all got paid after big 'breakout' years.... No thanks on Lin, who will undoubtedly return to the pack and not seem like such a sensation next year. We disagree on this, but it's cool.... no disrespect to you man, just not sold on Lin. I even saw him hit that game winning three on us live and I'm still not won over!
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Those same guys all got paid after big 'breakout' years.... No thanks on Lin, who will undoubtedly return to the pack and not seem like such a sensation next year. We disagree on this, but it's cool.... no disrespect to you man, just not sold on Lin. I even saw him hit that game winning three on us live and I'm still not won over!
Couldn't agree more. He had a good 6 weeks. Those guys mentioned had much longer sustained success, and they are now deemed overpayed. Lin is a turnover machine, not a good defender (had trouble defending slow footed Jose) and is just way overhyped.
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"Major injury"? Dude would have been back playing if the MIA/NYK series went 6 or 7 games. He was out just over a month.
No he wouldn't have. As of game 5 he hadn't practiced 5 on 5 with contact yet.
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