2012 NBA Off-Season Thread: There's a new team in town
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07-16-2012, 09:19 AM
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Anyone arguing against keeping Lin is either someone who wasn't a fan to begin with or is lapping up the company line being distributed to the press. There is no rational reason not to keep him.
The Knicks will be over the cap for the next 3 seasons REGARDLESS of whether or not they match. The only difference is the amount of tax they pay. So, even if you don't plan on keeping him, why give him up for nothing? Given his Bird rights, you are in the unique position of keeping an extra valuable player that you would not otherwise be able to keep - it's not like he's taking a spot that could go to some other player of equal (or even far lesser) value.
The logical thing to do is to match. Then, you can either keep him or trade him. But giving him up for nothing? Foolishness and - if it happens - simply the crowning example of Dolan's ego dictating personnel decisions to the lasting detriment of the team and its fanbase.
If it happens, it will be the last straw for me.
Then why didnt the Rangers trade Messier at the 1997 deadline when Smith knew he was going to lowball him with a garbage offer that 99 pct of the league would have offered higher? Neil Smith refused to negotiate during the season, yet acted shocked when Messier followed the money.
The Knicks are not in the wrong here. As great a story as Lin is, he isnt worth 45 million in luxury taxes.
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