It’s official. Jeremy Lin is leaving New York and bringing “Linsanity” to Houston. According to reports, The New York Knicks failed to match a contract for Lin and announced Tuesday night that they will not match the Houston Rockets’ three-year, $25 million offer for Lin, who was a restricted free-agent.
The New York francise officially had until 11:59 EDT to decide whether to re-sign Lin. Lin rose to fame on and off of the court and coined the phrase “Linsanity” while in New York.
Lin arrived in Houston July the 4 to discuss contract terms with the Houston Rockets. Back in December, Lin was with the Houston Rockets before he was waived. At the time, the Rockets had guards Jonny Flynn, Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic in their rotation.
Then Lin went on to play with the New York Knicks and became an international NBA sensation. Lin went undrafted from Harvard. He is the NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese decent. Sources close to the New York Knicks camp stated that New York is making plans to match any offer Lin gets from other NBA teams.
During the last NBA season, Lin played in 35 games for the Knicks and started in 25 of those games. Knee surgery ended Lin’s season. During his efforts per game, Lin averaged 14.6 points, 6.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
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