No one can fault a team for having ambitions but there comes a time when there is reaching too far. The New York Knicks might do that if they push too hard for both Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin.
Lin withdraws from Olympics squad for NBA free agency
NBA free agency is both a saving grace and a killer. For some teams like the Miami Heat it can lead to a championship. For others it forces a front office to utter the taboo words, "Rebuild." The New York Knicks aren't at that point but their needs for a stable point guard could get them in trouble. Their current man Lin made a subtle but major decision when he announced he would drop out of the U.S. Men's Olympics scrimmage so he wouldn't miss free agency. If he were dead set on returning to the Knicks its safe assuming that wouldn't have happened. This can only mean the Big Apple hero plans to test his value on the open market. While a knee injury likely hurt his chances there is no shortage of teams that could use a worker like Jeremy Lin. A bigger question is do fans blame the Knicks this decision?
Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors have better shots at Nash
Pro basketball is a game but the league is a business. If a team thinks it can better it should get better. That explains why New York showed interest in signing 38-year-old former MVP Steve Nash. While not a long-term option Nash is still an All-Star and could become just what head coach Mike Woodson needs to make talents like Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony thrive while also mentoring Lin. The problem is the Knicks can't offer Nash as much money as other teams like the Dallas Mavericks or Toronto Raptors who also have interest. At his age the probable Hall of Fame guard wants to win a championship. That alone makes New York a possibility. Nash, however, says he's waiting until fellow point man Deron Williams chooses a team before he does anything. One thing is for sure. If the Knicks take the gamble by letting Lin test the market and they miss on Nash, their point guard problems will spin out of control.
Jeremy Lin said he wants to stay with the New York Knicks but his Olympics basketball choice says otherwise. The Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors made their cases for Steve Nash, but nothing is certain in NBA free agency. New York better not get too greedy.