At the start of the 2011 NBA season, no one really knew who Jeremy Lin was. The surprise point guard from Harvard created Linsanity when he took to the court and quickly became one of the New York Knicks’ most popular players.
Well, now it’s time to negotiate a contract and Lin said that he isn’t sure that he’ll be staying in New York.
“There’s always going to be uncertainty until the final contract is signed, so definitely nothing is set in stone. Nothing’s set in stone until it’s really written.”
Lin’s agent Roger Montgomery reiterated Lin’s sentiment, saying that there was no guarantee that Lin would continue to be a Knick. Montgomery said:
“We don’t have assurances of anything. I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I’m not going to assume anything. We’re waiting to see what happens.”
When Jeremy Lin came to the New York Knicks he was a firm bench player that never really got to showcase his talents on the court. But now that Lin has proven himself to be worthy of a starting position, the Knicks will have to decide if they’re willing to pay to have Lin stay.
While a new contract is written up, and while various teams make pitches to Lin, the New York star will be heading to the Olympics as part of the USA Select Team. Lin won’t by playing for any medals, but he’ll be playing against the American Olympians during scrimmages.
Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman, said in a statement:
“The USA Select Team was a vital part of the USA Men’s National Team’s training in 2007, 2008 and 2010, and again in 2012 we’ll utilize this team of select NBA players to help get our National Team ready for the very competitive summer that is ahead of us. Being chosen for the Select Team is quite an honor, and it’s an important step in becoming involved in USA Basketball’s National Team program in the future. In the past, current national team finalists like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Iguodala, as well as many other outstanding players got their USA National Team start through the Select Team.”
Do you think Jeremy Lin will end up with the New York Knicks next year?