As the NBA trade deadline looms closer to its conclusion this Thursday, it’s hard to sort out actual, concrete trade possibilities from the hilariously overblown debris of rumors spewing from the interwebs.
But, I say, there are always some rumors worth discussing; the best kinds of rumors. Knicks rumors.1
As “Linsanity” took over New York in early 2012, it was obvious that the Knicks had stumbled2 upon not just a good player, but a potential marketing goldmine. After the conclusion of the 2012 season, Jeremy Lin found himself a restricted free agent,3 and although the Knicks upper management, coaching staff and even Lin, himself, believed he’d call Madison Square Garden his home in 2013, owner James Dolan chose not to match the Houston Rockets 3-year, $25 million offer sheet Lin signed that July. The decision not to match Houston’s offer to Lin was thanks to the Rockets back-loading the final year of the deal, increasing Lin’s salary to $14.9 million in 2014. The Knicks, as well as many other NBA franchises, didn’t believe Lin’s worth at close to $15 million for a single year, which was a fair assessment.
If the Knicks trade for Jeremy Lin, they’re literally handing over more assets for someone they already had and didn’t want to pay. And on top of that, as all NBA contracts are guaranteed, Lin’s $14.9 million salary in 2014 would be paid for by the New York Knicks.
What. The. F&$%?!? Yo, Dolan. Come on, dude, really? How can you be this stupid?
Unless James Dolan is running an experiment to see how far Knicks fans are willing to go before their Dolan-rage turns into an actual attempt on his life, I don’t get why he would even entertain this. Besides, Rockets GM Daryl Morey doesn’t have much to plunder from the Knicks, unless Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert somehow tickle his fancy. As funny as it is to think about, I really don’t seeing it happening. But still, we can to sit back and admire the mess that is the Knicks franchise. 4
Although now it comes with a side of heavy irony, the motto remains the same as always: