New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson announced on Wednesday that his team would “absolutely” match the $28.8 million, four-year offer made to Lin by the Houston Rockets.
When asked if he blinked even once after the offer was made Woodson said:
“Never once. Jeremy Lin has always been a big part of what we’re trying to do as we move forward with our franchise.”
You may recall that after his team’s playoff loss Woodson also said the team would “absolutely” match a Jeremy Lin offer and called him an integral part of the franchises future.
During his 35 games this past season Jeremy Lin averaged 14.6 points per game with 6.2 assists. After Woodson took over for Mike D’Antoni, Lin was seen as largely responsible for the teams 6-1 stretch which helped lead to a playoff berth. The Knicks at that time were averaging 100.9 points per game.
On Wednesday rumors were circulating that Jeremy Lin was upset the New York Knicks had not offered him a new contract before the Houston Rockets came calling.
After those rumors of outward anger surfaced Jeremy Lin tweeted:
Lol why do u guys believe everything? No quotes from me = probably not true
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 11, 2012
The Knicks are also expected on Thursday to sign Jason Kidd to their mid-level exception of $3.09 million
Jason Kidd has promised to work with Jeremy Lin, offering his veteran experience towards the younger player while helping Jeremy Lin grow into an All-Star point guard for the New York Knicks franchise.
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