Originally Posted by SMC
And don't forget that, IIRC, that in year 3 with such an insane luxury tax amount, the Knicks would be prevented from using the MLE and sign-and-trades. The tax consequences are much more punitive under new CBA.
Lin screwed up if his intentions were to go back to the Knicks. It was reported that they had orally agreed on the OS of $5-5-9 mil and Lin had dinner with Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson that evening. His re-negotiation was total bush league.
Good for Lin and bad for the Rockets because this will likely screw up their pursuit of Howard. But I think Lin is better off mentoring with Kidd in NY than flying solo in Houston. It may turn really bad for him.
If that's true, good riddance to him. His loss. He will never get the expoure there that he has gotten or would have continued to get in NY.
By the way, I don't know how Houston is the country's 3rd biggest market (as mentioned by another poster). I saw a chart where it's listed as the #10 market in the NBA. And the difference between #1 (New York) and #10 is HUGE.