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Lin: Knicks future 'isn't set in stone'

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08:15 AM ET 05.11 | Few know the uncertainty that comes with NBA life better than Jeremy Lin. Perhaps the shadow of Steve Nash is sprouting doubt, because [Lin] isn't buying into the Knicks' assurances of a new contract. "Nothing is set in stone. That's what I've learned," Lin said Thursday. "We talked about (my free agency). I love the Knicks and the organization. But at the same time, it's a business. Me, personally, I think it would be great if I come back. But crazy things happen and I don't really know what's going to happen." About an hour earlier, coach Mike Woodson all but guaranteed Lin would return next season. However, Woodson stopped short of handing over to the starting job to a 23-year-old coming off knee surgery.

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May 11, 2012  08:46 AM ET

The Knicks are almost at $62M in salaries for next year -- and that does not include Lin, Fields, Davis, Novak, Jeffries, Walker. It looks like if they do sign Lin -- they won't have flexibility to do much else. (including Nash)

Right now I can't see Amare (because of contract) or Melo or Chandler being traded.

May 11, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Im not sold on Lin but I do think you have to give him another year and see what you got. I mean his price tag is not high and his upside has no ceiling so NY would be silly to let him go anywhere. I think the Knicks are not that far from being an elite team if they can get quality point guard play.

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May 11, 2012  08:53 AM ET
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It would be highly unlikely he isnt on the roster next yearThat being said, the only possibility i can see where it doesnt happen is they have to include him in a package with amare to get amare off the roster

This would make absolute sense, not so much for Lin, but a hell of lot for Amare. What would have made even more sense to me would have been to keep Billups, sign Chandler, amnesty Amare and then the Knicks would not be faced with this situation of cap space and what to do with an IMO overpriced and broken product in Amare. Even if Billups would have gotten hurt, he would have come off the books at season end and the Knicks would be in the position to truly address the needs.

May 11, 2012  08:58 AM ET
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This would make absolute sense, not so much for Lin, but a hell of lot for Amare. What would have made even more sense to me would have been to keep Billups, sign Chandler, amnesty Amare and then the Knicks would not be faced with this situation of cap space and what to do with an IMO overpriced and broken product in Amare. Even if Billups would have gotten hurt, he would have come off the books at season end and the Knicks would be in the position to truly address the needs.

It would have made more sense not to give Amare that huge, long-term contract in the first place.

May 11, 2012  09:05 AM ET

This is just foreshadowing the departure of Lin.

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May 11, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Keep The Kid.... You Guys won 7 out of 10 when he first started out....

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May 11, 2012  09:25 AM ET

Their financial situation is gonna be really tight for a minute.

May 11, 2012  09:27 AM ET

I thought they played great ball together when Lin was running point and Melo was injured. Then Melo came back and it became a one man show again. Go ahead and blast me, but I don't like Melo ball, and I don't see that setup ever winning a championship.

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May 11, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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The Knicks are almost at $62M in salaries for next year -- and that does not include Lin, Fields, Davis, Novak, Jeffries, Walker. It looks like if they do sign Lin -- they won't have flexibility to do much else. (including Nash) Right now I can't see Amare (because of contract) or Melo or Chandler being traded.

Yeah the Knicks are pretty much stuck with Amare maybe he will have a rebound year and get his shot back. I don't know what picks the Knicks have going into the draft but they almost have to get another PG and they have to sign Lin.

Davis: dislocated kneecap might be out all of next year, not under contract
Shumpert: ACL who knows maybe he comes back after the allstar break
Bibby: Not under contract next year

 
May 11, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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it's funny how Knick fans actually think this kid is staying... in all honesty once D'Antoni was canned it meant the departure for Lin... Lin doesn't fit well in Mike Woodson's scheme and I'm sure will go to a team desperate to overpay for him...

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