The New York Knicks were linked to a possible reunion with Jeremy Lin this summer, but no deal materialized. Instead, the Knicks made moves to acquire other guards, while Lin opted to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
A reunion would have been a good storyline heading into next season since Lin has an unfinished business in New York. The former Harvard University standout had a breakout year with the Knicks in 2012, but the two parties failed to reach a new deal after that season.
Following his impressive year in New York, Lin signed a three-year deal with the Houston Rockets, but also failed to make an impact. In the final year of his deal, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers before playing for the Charlotte Hornets last season.
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Lin had a solid season with the Hornets last year despite playing a backup role to Kemba Walker. The six-year veteran averaged 11.7 points on top of 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
He was expected to spend another year in Charlotte but got an attractive offer from the Nets. He inked a three-year, $36 million deal with the Nets without even sitting down with Knicks officials about a possible reunion.
New York Knicks Snubbed Jeremy Lin?
According to CBS Sports, the Knicks did not show interest in signing Lin because of his problems on defense. They already have a starting point guard in Derrick Rose, who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bulls even before the free-agency period began.
Did the Knicks make a mistake in snubbing Lin in free agency? According to FanSided’s Hoops Habit, he could have been a solid bench player for the Knicks and could have been a better option that projected backup playmaker Brandon Jennings.
“Even if he was in a backup role, Lin could still be a solid role player for the Knicks — someone that could give you double-digit scoring off the bench and not be a big concern on defense, unlike Jennings or Rose, who Chicago had to hide at times on defense,” Hoops Habit noted.