The New York Knicks will be playing under new coach Jeff Hornacek in the 2015-16 NBA season and the new bench tactician is expected to add another point guard to the roster. And according to recent Knicks rumors, New York could make a run at Jeremy Lin this summer.
CBS Sports reported in May Hornacek’s arrival could pave the way for the return of Lin to New York, where he had the breakout season of his career in 2012. ‘Linsanity‘ made headlines in 2012 after posting 23.9 points and 9.2 assists in 11 games. One league executive said Hornacek could recreate the point guard’s Linsanity moment.
Lin had a solid year for the Charlotte Hornets this season, as he averaged 11.3 points to go with 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 off the bench. The 27-year-old point guard is expected to opt out of the second season of his two-year, $4.37 million contract with the Hornets, giving the Knicks a chance to nab the former Harvard University standout.
However, New York Post reported the Knicks are having second thoughts about signing Lin to become their starting point guard next season because of his defense. CBS Sports added that the Palo Alto, California native is better suited for a backup or utility-type role that he played in Charlotte this year.
But even if the Knicks and Lin decide not to reunite for Linsanity 2, the six-year veteran is expected to draw the attention of several teams in the offseason. The Hornets are also eyeing a new deal with Lin, while the Houston Rockets are also being linked to the savvy playmaker.
Lin played in Houston for two seasons, but failed to find his mark and struggled to co-exist with superstars James Harden and Dwight Howard. The Rockets were listed among Lin’s likely landing spots after Houston named Mike D’Antoni as their new coach. D’Antoni coached Lin during his breakout season in New York four years ago.