Knicks should match offer for Lin

League rules allow Knicks to alleviate some pain if Jeremy Lin struggles

Updated: July 17, 2012, 5:14 PM ET
By Larry Coon | ESPN Insider
LinJeff Zelevansky/Getty ImagesJeremy Lin can only wait to see if the Knicks match the Rockets' offer. It makes sense they do.

The Houston Rockets signed New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet. The Knicks now have until 11:59:59 Tuesday night to match the offer -- if they fail to do so, Lin will be a Rocket when the clock strikes 12.

A number of reports circulated over the weekend saying that the Knicks were prepared to let Lin go. They even acquired a replacement, bringing in Raymond Felton from the Portland Trail Blazers in a sign-and-trade transaction that brought back Kurt Thomas to New York in exchange for Dan Gadzuric, Jared Jeffries, the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Giorgos Printezis and future draft considerations.

Are the Knicks now set at the point guard position? Are they really going to let Lin walk?

Don't be ridiculous. A closer look says otherwise. Logic dictates that the Knicks should match Lin's offer.


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Larry Coon is the author of the NBA Salary Cap FAQ.