While not the most sought-after player set to hit NBA free agency, Jeremy Lin still has the interest of many teams. If the New York Knicks can't bring the point guard back, where will he take the Linsanity next?
Knicks support keeping Lin before NBA free agency starts
Going out of the playoffs in five games isn't what fans had in mind when the New York Knicks gave away its young core of players to Denver for Carmelo Anthony. In two seasons, the All-Star scorer has won one playoff game in eight tries. That is not a recipe for future success, which explains why New York fans have little faith in him and hope the team isn't too hasty in letting surprise star point guard Lin leave for another team. It was he, not Anthony, who saved the Knicks' season months ago when he led an injury-ravaged roster on an eight-game winning streak to keep them in playoff contention. Sadly Lin wasn't able to complete his run when he tore the meniscus in his left knee. Even so teams around the league in need of leadership and talent at point guard have their eyes on him, unafraid of the Linsanity craze. The New York front office knows this and made it clear they want to re-sign Jeremy Lin before he ever reaches the deadline for NBA free agency to begin. Whether that happens or not largely rests not with the fans or executives but with Lin himself. If he wants to stay with the Knicks, a deal should happen. Then again, with interest from other teams rising, he might find a better situation elsewhere.
Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls interest depends on Dwight Howard
Two teams that might launch a surprise attack at the Linsanity are the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls. For L.A., the need for an active point guard who can score became clear even after they traded for Ramon Sessions. While many think the team will try for Dwight Howard or Deron Williams, Lin offers the best option if the team hopes to keep starters Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in place around Kobe Bryant. The Lakers got an eyeful of what Lin could do earlier in the season when he lit up their defense for 38 points at Madison Square Garden. Chicago will have interest for different reasons. While the Lakers might use Lin as a passer and feeder for the stars, the Bulls have bigger needs after their own star point guard Derrick Rose tore his ACL. Until Rose recovers, Chicago needs a guard who can score, and Lin proved he could before he got hurt. Both rosters would love to have him, and on the flip side, the young Taiwanese-American would join two teams better built for a championship run.
The future of Jeremy Lin depends on everything from money, team interest to choices made by Dwight Howard. The New York Knicks want him back. NBA fans want to see Linsanity in free agency. Even the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls could get involved. Expect the drama to increase as the season ends.