Linsanity could be on its way out of the Big Apple. Yes, Jeremy Lin could be leaving the New York Knicks. Lin will meet with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday and they are now in position to offer him a huge contract.
The Rockets have broken off talks with current point guard Goran Dragic after they offered him a deal worth between $8-$9 million annually. There now seems to be almost zero chance Dragic returns to Houston.
With Dragic on his way out, the Rockets are reportedly set to offer Lin the same deal he turned down. Lin is a restricted free agent, which means the Knicks can match any offer he gets. But if he is really given an offer of $8-$9 million a year, there is likely no way New York can afford to match it.
If the Rockets were able to score Lin it would be a gigantic coup. Yes, paying him $8-$9 million annually would be a huge risk, since the Harvard product hasn’t proven he can put up big numbers long-term. But from a marketing standpoint Houston would have pulled off a big move.
Lin is tremendously popular and would give the franchise a ton of positive buzz and press.
Houston currently has Kyle Lowry as an in-house option at point guard, but from what we have been told head coach Kevin McHale isn’t a fan of the 26-year-old Villanova product. The two have also clashed behind the scenes.
The Rockets’ first option was to retain Dragic and trade Lowry. Now that they no longer have the option to make those moves, Lin appears to be their top choice.
The 23-year-old Lin burst on to the scene this season. He averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 26.9 minutes in 35 games (25 starts) for the Knicks.