Feb 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Rockets defeated the Timberwolves 107-89. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks exploring trade for Jeremy Lin?

New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony said during the All-Star break that he would sit down with the team and hear their plan before deciding whether or not to re-sign with the team this summer.

He’s not going to like this idea.

Feb 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin (7) drives the ball during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the Knicks are interested in trading for Houston Rockets’ point guard Jeremy Lin before Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline comes and goes.

The Knicks have been looking for an upgrade at the point guard position over Raymond Felton, who has been very poor all season. Names such as Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague and Rajon Rondo have been floated around but the Knicks don’t have the trade assets to come close to making any deal happen.

“We’ve heard about them going after a point guard (such as) Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague. I know another guy they’d love to get their hands on right now, and that’s Jeremy Lin,” Ford said in a podcast segment with Bill Simmons. “And the question is, would Houston do it? I know the word is no, but maybe, to get out of that contract. Maybe if Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. are in the deal. Maybe.”

While Lin wouldn’t represent a major upgrade over the Knicks current crop of point guards, he would still be a little bit better.

The Knicks upset some of their fan base when they let Lin sign with the Rockets in the 2012 offseason. The Knicks moved on from Lin in 2012 when they decided not to match the Rockets’ three-year, $25 million offer sheet to him and chose to go with Felton. The deal was heavily backloaded: Lin will make $15 million next season in the final year. Any team that acquires Lin would thus pay him more for one-plus year than the Rockets would for almost two.

That though was something that pleased Anthony as it was believed that he was never a fan of Lin and the Linsanity craze that resulted in Lin receiving a ton of attention.

Since signing with the Rockets, Lin hasn’t been the same player that we saw during that brief stint in New York. Lin has averaged 13.3 points and 5.5 assists per game in 125 games, down from the 14.6 points and 6.5 assists he averaged in 35 games as a Knick in 2012. However he has improved taking care of the ball as he has only turned the rock over 2.8 times per game as a Rocket, compared to 3.6 times per game in New York.

Lin’s contract expires after the 2014-15 season, which would preserve the Knicks’ cap flexibility for 2015.


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