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Knicks GM tried to avoid Lin offer sheet delivery

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09:22 AM ET 07.22 | The Rockets' front office -- including general manager Daryl Morey, vice president for player personnel Gersson Rosas and vice president for basketball operations Sam Hinkie -- gathered in the conference room on Toyota Center's second floor April 17 to begin mapping out the team's free-agent strategy. Talks continued over the coming months, but one decision never changed. The Rockets had decided they would pursue guard Jeremy Lin as a restricted free agent. More than a week later, on July 13, Lin flew to Las Vegas to meet with Morey and McHale for four hours in a suite at the Golden Nugget and sign the offer sheet. Within hours, it became clear that delivering the offer sheet to Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald would be a challenge. Grunwald refused to answer the door to his room at the Mandarin Oriental or come to the front desk to accept the offer sheet. The Rockets sent representatives to Knicks practice and later to their game, but Grunwald did not attend and would not set up a time to meet. Having just completed the sign-and-trade that sent Marcus Camby to New York, the Rockets had the contract information ready for the Knicks' attorneys and emailed Lin the offer sheet, also sending it through overnight delivery to the Knicks' offices in New York. Still, they tried to get a ruling from the NBA about when the offer sheet would be considered to have been received, starting the three-day period for the Knicks to match.

Houston Chronicle

Jeremy Lin, AP Jeremy Lin, AP
July 22, 2012  09:26 AM ET

You Had Your Chances, Bro.

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July 22, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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just sayin the same thing is happening right now in chicago with asikno offer sheet has been officially put in, so.....maybe its houston?

You know what i heard....The Knicks could have offered Lin a 6 year 24 million dollar deal from the beginning but they thought it was to much and told him to go out and see what his market value was....lol

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July 22, 2012  09:50 AM ET
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Come on interns-this is a done deal....houston got what they wanted, lin got what he wanted ($), NY got what they wanted and its over, move on-Linsanity is DONEthe Jeremocket era has begun

and time for the JR era to totally get underway since he will start this year with no capable backup lol...muahahaha get your jeresey ready JGB lol

July 22, 2012  09:54 AM ET

This wouldn't have happened if Byran McElderry delivered the documents, dude gets things DONE.

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July 22, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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and time for the JR era to totally get underway since he will start this year with no capable backup lol...muahahaha get your jeresey ready JGB lol

Shump?

July 22, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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This is why the NBA needs Karl Malone on staff!

Awesome!

July 22, 2012  09:58 AM ET
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What's so funny? You're laughing about the Knicks? Cuban has dumbed himself into a position where Dallas has nobody left!

Cube got Brand, a former dookie.

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July 22, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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What's so funny? You're laughing about the Knicks? Cuban has dumbed himself into a position where Dallas has nobody left!

and yet the Knicks are still the knicks....Spending on guys way past their prime or guys that will never get them over the top....LOL

July 22, 2012  10:07 AM ET
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The Mavs made some shrewd moves, but they are no better than a 5 or 6 seed.

I think that is where they were in 2011 as well....

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July 22, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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The Knicks were trying to save pennies and lost sight of the bigger picture. If you're correct and they could have gotten Lin @ $4 million per year, they blew it big time. At that rate, even if he failed, NY would have been OK. Dolan must be an idiot.

Exactly....I wasnt trying to say anything bad...just that they could have had him on the cheap for a longer time if they would have committed earlier...Instead they ended up with kidd and glutton....

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