One of the most enigmatic free agents available in this year's crop of players looking to land a new contract is New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin.
Lin, who totally owned the basketball court, New York and the world with his surprising play during a short stretch last season is looking to bank that into serious, well, bank.
Showing major interest in Lin, and flaunting the cash to prove it, is the Houston Rockets.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets have pointed all guns onto Lin in a serious attempt to lure the young player their way. A report in the New York Post, citing a league source, is saying that Houston is planning to offer Lin a backloaded deal worth roughly $30 million.
According to the same source, the deal would pay Lin $5 million in the first season, $5.2 million in the second, and then would increase to as much as $10 million per year in the third and fourth seasons.
"Jeremy Lin's an excellent player," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told The Post. "We got to know him firsthand when he was with the Rockets early this season. We think he'd make a fantastic addition to our team."
It has been reported earlier that both Jeremy Lin and the Knicks are both hoping for a reunion but the reality of the situation is shaping up that if that is to happen, Lin would have to take a deal that is less than the Rockets reported offer. The most the Knicks can offer Lin is a four-year deal worth $24.5 million. The team is hesitant to offer more, especially with the later years being backloaded, because of fears of future financial ramifications.
Either way Lin goes with this, whether it's the $30 million Rockets offer or the $24 million the Knicks may go with, it's more than a far cry from the NBA minimum that he could be had for a year prior to this.
In 35 games with the Knicks last season, Lin averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game.
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