I know it's 25minutes before the deadline but it appears to be official.
Daryl Morey tweeted to welcome Lin
Do you think the Rockets pursue D12 harder now to pair up the duo? Giving up a lot for a rental...
I think this is a great place for Lin to continue his career.. He is a system PG and I think the McHale is smart enough to emulate that system in the Houston.. He has trimmed some fat and aquired players that can really get up and down the floor.. Maybe he was planning on playing faster anyway...
Regardless, I think its perfect for Lin.
After spending over $60 million dollars on THIS:
They just could bear to drop some more cash for THIS.
wtf Dolan. Now you're worried about spending money.
I don't know what the Rockets will decide now...if they merely wanted a face for their franchise then they'll stop going after Howard since they got Lin. I personally wouldn't trade just to rent Howard. If they were getting a guarantee then sure, but at this point even if Dwight guaranteed he'd sign...I wouldn't trust him.
I'm surprised the Knicks really didn't match the offer for Jeremy Lin. The guy saves your season, raises your stock worth, and becomes an icon in a short period of time and you replace him with Raymond Felton and an old Jason Kidd. The one thing that bothers me more than anything else is recently hearing everyone talk about the things Lin isn't good at right now. Lin is 23 years old, which means if he works as hard as everyone has been saying he does, he WILL get better. Probably a lot better. Good for the Rockets though, they should be fun to watch at least. I don't know how attendance is for the Rockets, but I'm sure Lin will help them sell out.
The Knicks team was already old and got older with the additions of Kidd, Camby, and Kurt Thomas. Mid way through last season the Knicks had three young players with high potential in Shumpert, Fields, and Lin. Now Fields and Lin are gone and Shumpert is out. I hate to say it, but the Knicks look a lot like the Hawks did the last few years. A few good players, a strong defensive coach, and in all likelihood they won't get out of the second round for a long time if ever with the team they have.
Stupid Stupid Stupid
good job knicks you didnt overpay an overrated point guard and actually got a point guard that worked out for u before ( Felton was great for the Knicks). houston wanted lin so bad, now they can watch him be a mediocre starting point guard and get eaten alive by Rondo, Paul, Williams, Parker etc
I don't think Lin will be mediocre he'll be a decent PG but he'll never be elite. Right now he's the 3rd best PG in SouthWest division and could be 4th in efficiency now that Dallas has Collison.
People are caught up in the Asian population in Houston its a notoriously bad pro sports town. If the team is awful and he's not producing the whole Linsanity thing dies down. Yao Ming was an All Star and when healthy one of the best Centers in the league. Lin is not a top PG and him duplicating the 2-3 weeks he had in NY will be tough.
Not sure why ppl think Houston will be such a great fit for him the Rockets have no proven players outside of Kevin Martin. Scola and Budinger are gone that 25 ppg gone, Courtney Lee may not return thats another 11 ppg. They probably have the worst front court in the whole league even if they land Asik.
Even if he cuts down on the turnovers he has a lot of holes.
Defensively he got lit up and thats w/out facing guys like Westbrook, CP3, Curry and a few other quality PG's.
Also Shumpert guarded the opposing team's PG many times when Lin couldn't get the job done.
Lin doesn't shoot the 3 ball that well at 32% and his fg% dropped in each month and he was shooting just 40% in March.
As a starter 7.7 assists and 4.7 turnovers is a terrible ratio he did cut down on his turnovers in the 2nd month but the assists dropped as well 6.3 asts and 3.8 turnovers still isn't a good ratio.
Trust me even if Lin is a total zero from here on out the marketing opportunities for Houston are a goldmine
I can't imagine how Dolan could have possibly handled this worse.
It won't surprise me if Lin starts next year allstar game. Lin is more well known than almost anybody playing in League, my mother in Law who knows no other sports star knows him.
Of course this isn't fair but it is what it is.
For the life of me I will never get why Dolan would allow a fat turd like Curry to be overpaid but be a cheapskate on Lin... what if at start of Free agency Knicks paid Lin fair value?
Of course on Talent alone Rockets overpaid. This is a business not just talent driven.
Fat turd. thats good stuff. very accurate also. hahahahaha
Fat turd. thats good stuff. very accurate also. hahahahaha
Well he's an upgrade over their current PG situation, since currently they have NONE.
My head is spinning with all the off season moves. Can someone please list the Rockets current roster ?
Im from Orlando and we are ready for Dwight to get on a plane to anywhere but the rumored package that was out there from Houston seemed decent to me. (From the orlando side being a Magic fan anyway) Whether it was Lamb, Jones or white or maybe any combo of those guys plus a pick or two and a solid current contributer like patterson or scola(when he was still there) even martin or parsons. any of those combo of guys seemed nice. More so than low picks and injury proned Brook lopez or whinny injury proned bynum. idk though. As for Lin, ive been a hater but it is a good place for him, the fact Yao was so huge there will probably help him feel more comfortable in a place thats used to that huge hype, him being asian and also being so giant in the public eye. He'll work hard to justify his contract. If he can average around 15 5 and 5 he'll be alright. biggest concern, needs to tighten up the handle. 4.7 TOs a game wont fly for a starting PG. get that under 3 and he'll be alright there.
move by the knicks the rockets may have had thier max offer for lin and the knicks got scared on a couple of million dollars and decided that an underdog story in new york"lin" wont earn them much money anyways(stupid move by the knicks)
So their plan right now is Lin-Martin-Parsons-Patterson-Asik, with Toney Douglas, Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, Terrence Jones, Marcus Morris, Montiejunas, and Dalembert off the bench?
With the current state of the West, that team doesn't scream, "Look out for Houston" to me.
They went 34-32 last year, and they think this team will be better?
Dalembert isnt there anymore he got traded to the Bucks. So they still need a C
Houston won't contend over the next couple of years, but they have a strong young core. They can let their young players grow together and build a strong young core. Plus, some of their young players can be used as trade chips down the road. They should have two lottery picks next year, plus another later first rounder from the Shane Battier trade.
Now the Rockets have and will have more young players than they know what to do with, but they can see what they have this year and build the roster based on who works out.
I think the NYK did the right thing from a basketball stand point. Now the business side of things I'm not so sure about. But on the court do is alright. He got some game but he is not an all star player. In the West he is not even a top five point guard. Westbrock, parker, rubio, CP3, Nash, he is not better then Ty Lawson or Curry. He can't guard anybody. He has why to many turn overs. I like what he did last season and if he continues to work he will get better. But right now I just don't see him being the starting point guard that is going to take your team deep in the playoffs.
When people talk about Lin the talk about him as a money maker more then a basketball player.
Hopefully, the Bulls follow the Knicks' lead and don't match Asik's offer sheet.
Good job Dolan for not matching that ridiculous offer sheet next year the knicks will be fine without Lin Felton/Kidd will get the job done come on Lerin Lin won't come close to making the all-star team with CP3 Westbrook Parker Nash all in front of him
How the Yao fans in China voted for Rockets a few years ago.
I never said he deserved to be voted in. I just know he has a huge Cult like following inEast Asia.
here is the question I have to ask, and I know I will get negs for this....which I dont understand why people on this site neg you for asking a question...but anyway...
doesnt this mean that Lin's heart wasnt necessarily or solely in NY? what would happen if he did not sign the offer sheet? I am sure they spoke with the Knicks. NY didnt want to pay the last year of that deal, but if Lin's people couldve gotten Houston to redo the sheet so each year was even or front loaded, I would have to say the Knicks certainly wouldve matched.
what if he didnt sign it at all? (or agreed not to sign it) one would have to think the Knicks would at least make a comparable offer.
I dont know if I am getting negged because people think I am being sarcastic, but I am not, I honestly dont know very much about how these contracts work.
and for the record, I am shocked the Knicks didnt match and personally, I thought they should have.
Apparently the Knicks asked Lin to go and sign somewhere else so they could match. They didn't see this coming, apparently, so it's 100% their fault.
ooooooooh, ok, I gotcha. Houston freaked em! that is dumb if that is what happened...you know the market value that Lin has off the court...why not just offer him a good sheet? if this is what happened, NYK really messed up.
The economy, changes to the luxury tax are a big reason why the Knicks didn't match.
D'antoni is gone so he wouldn't have been in the same system anyway.
Amare unless he comes back near the 2010-11 form won't be a 20 ppg scorer.
They had a backup in Kidd so no way would Lin have numbers like he did last year esp. during that 2-3 week run.
If the Knicks wanted to make a comparable offer, then they would have matched. It is simple as that. If he had said no to Houston, the Knicks might have given him a lowball offer right after that.
Basically the Knicks office don't think much of Lin's ability to play basketball. They sat him on the bench. They pushed for him to be fired, but gave him that one more chance in D-League because he wasn't doing anything and wasn't part of their long term plans. After the triple double, they knew they had to try him in a game. He lit it up and the rest is history.
Now they view him as a marginal starter, maybe. Even if the Rockets had not come calling, they probably would have offered $5 million per year for three or four years. Probably not much more than that unless Lin could show another team was willing to pay more.