July 18, 2012
Now it’s becoming a bit more clear what took so long with deciding Lin’s fate:
The Knicks were still deliberating their decision in recent days, and there was no better sign of that fact than one of the team-to-team discussions they engaged in over the weekend. New York, according to sources, was considering matching the offer for Lin while also finding a handshake agreement with another team so that it could, if it so desired, deal him before the February trade deadline as part of a contingency plan. In those discussions, the Knicks — whose acquisition of Raymond Felton was the most obvious sign that Lin was on his way out — had targeted specific point guards with whom they could swap Lin as a way to maintain depth at the position behind Felton and another newcomer, Jason Kidd.
All along I thought they would sign Lin, and that seems partially correct. Knicks were ready to flip Lin to another team if they would agree on a handshake under the table type of a deal before February’s trade deadline. Looks like there weren’t many bidders or buyers for Linsanity! In my honest opinion I would have re-signed Lin, hoped for a Lin-tastic season and flipped him along with Stoudmire next July to the Rockets! I can dream can’t I?