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Things just got a little less Linteresting in the Big Apple.
The New York Knicks decided not to match a three-year $25.1 million dollar offer sheet for guard Jeremy Lin. The primary reason for this being that the final year of the deal was for $14.8 million. This would have caused a cap catastrophe for the Knicks. They would be over the luxury tax threshold and lose future trade exemptions. Due to that poison pill of a final year, the team would have ended up paying around $40 million for Lin’s services.
My question is: how much is Lin worth? The Houston Rockets seam to think he is worth quite a bit. He has only played 35 games, yet they were still willing to pay $25 million. The Knicks, not quite so much.
We should have guessed…Superman has all the power.
The Orlando Magic had to take a side. The one they chose was dark. No Vader has not made an appearance. Instead, the team has chosen the wishes of their malcontent superstar (Dwight Howard) over the best interests of their team. Coach Stan Van Gundy and General Manager Otis Smith have both been shown the door.
The New York Knicks find themselves on a six-game losing streak. Barely clinging to the final playoff spot, they now have to deal with yet another loss.
A day after reports came out speculating that Carmelo Anthony either wanted coach Mike D’Antoni fired or a trade, D’Antoni has resigned.
D’Antoni said that the decision was mutual and due to the fact that he and the organization have “conflicting views of the Knicks’ future.”
It is easy to assume that Carmelo Anthony is at the heart of this conflict. Since coming over in a trade last season, Anthony never really fit in to D’Antoni’s system. D’Antoni likes to play fast paced. Melo likes to slow things down. D’Antoni likes to distribute the ball all over the court. Melo likes to take the majority of the shots. Like oil and water, these two could just never mix. A decision had to be made, but I feel that the team made the wrong decision.