The Knicks Have A Budget!

Stunning news in local basketball last night.  Not only did the Knicks let Landry Fields go to Toronto, but they also traded for Raymond Felton, probably putting an end to Linsanity in New York.

There are all sorts of rumors swirling about Lin right now, but I think Mark Berman of the Post probably comes closest to the truth with this:

One of things you learn in covering #Knicks is you don’t cross owner James Dolan. He is a very loyal guy but when disloyalty is shown, you are done with him. That may very well be case here with Jeremy Lin. It wasn’t just the money, which was obscene in third year. As we have reported last couple of days, the renegotiation of an offer sheet that was agreed upon and leaked to press – after Woodson publicly said they’d match and he’d be starter – was a kick in gut to organization.

From a basketball standpoint, I don’t think this is a major loss.  Lin looked great at times, but he was not a good defender and the Heat really showed that pressuring him could disrupt his game.  Furthermore, Carmelo and Lin did not work on the floor and I suspect they didn’t like each other much.  Look at what Carmelo had to say about the contract the Rockets offered Lin:

“It’s up to the organization to say that they want to match that ridiculous contract.”

I can’t ever recall seeing a player refer to a contract offered to another player as “ridiculous”.

What surprises me is that the Knicks are going to walk away from the Linsanity.  Lin made the Knicks an enormous amount of money in marketing and he drew a ton of attention to the team.  With the Nets right next door, I didn’t expect the Knicks to let their most marketable star walk away.  But, that isn’t necessarily a bad idea.

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  • blmeanie  On July 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    smartest move the Knickerbockers have made in many, many years.

    • nysportsfanatic  On July 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Granted, smart and the Knicks generally don’t collide in the same sentence, but I think you are right.

  • blmeanie  On July 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    not sure about Melo’s comment though

  • blmeanie  On July 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

    $25m to a flash in the pan, possibly a good backup pg is ridiculous.

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