Everyone keeps saying Jeremy Lin won't leave New York but the rabid market for point guards may make that harder than people think. Could the young sensation end up with the team that misses on Deron Williams?
New York Knicks confident they will hang on to Lin in NBA free agency
From Mike Woodson to the casual fan the New York Knicks seem pretty confident that the Linsanity will continue into the 2012 season. It hasn't gone quietly as far as finding a way to hang on to arguably the most polarizing sports figure of last year. Big Apple fans have such high hopes he can get their talented new roster of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler to hum. It's a feeling of unfinished business since the team couldn't find out what their unlikely star could do in the playoffs because of a torn meniscus in his left knee. The Knicks won eight-straight games when he was largely a rookie in experience. Given a whole offseason as a starter there's no telling what Jeremy Lin can do. That hasn't stopped the rumors from flying though. Many fans don't see the young Taiwanese-American leading the team to a championship. That's why a push has gone out to sign future Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash in NBA free agency. His link to New York could drive Lin to look for work elsewhere. Where he will land if does thought depends on another point guard.
Williams says he's playing for Dallas Mavericks or Brooklyn Nets
The market for point guard won't really start until All-Star Deron Williams decides where he's going. While Lin and Nash offer the most interesting stories, the real race will happen between which team can land him. However the race won't happen between most of the NBA teams. Williams made it clear recently that he only wants to play with one of two teams. He will either join the Dallas Mavericks or return to the newly branded Brooklyn Nets. All signs say that Brooklyn has put on a full press from expensive birthday presents to visits to Moscow to keep Deron on the east coast. Dallas had hoped to have a fair shot at him but it's becoming clearer that the only way they might lure him to Texas is by getting star center Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. One thing that is clear is that wherever Williams goes the teams that miss out on him will become harder pressed to find a good consolation prize. That means either Nash or Lin could get a big money offer.
The New York Knicks have interest in Steve Nash but their real effort will move toward bringing back Jeremy Lin. Then again if the young point guard is patient, either the Dallas Mavericks or Brooklyn Nets might have a better offer waiting for him.