If Carmelo Anthony could make the call, it sounds like Jeremy Lin would be a Houston Rocket next season.
Anthony called Lin's 3-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from the Rockets "ridiculous" on Sunday when speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C.
Anthony was likely referencing the third year of Lin's contract, which is worth $14.8 million and would cost the Knicks roughly $30 million due to the NBA's luxury tax.
"It's not up to me," Anthony said with a laugh before the U.S. Olympic team's practice. "It's up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that's out there."
Team sources say the Knicks are still deliberating whether they can pay Lin more than $25 million over three years, but one source within the Knicks' organization tells ESPN's Stephen A. Smith that the Knicks will not match the offer.
A team source tells ESPNNewYork.com that the third year of the Rockets' offer -- and the luxury tax implications it carries in 2014-15 -- makes it unlikely the Knicks would match.
The Knicks acquired point guard Raymond Felton in a four-player sign-and-trade with the Blazers, leading to speculation that the Knicks would pass on Lin.
Asked if he could envision Lin being with the Knicks next season, Anthony said on Sunday: "At this point there's a lot going on. I stay away from that part right now. I would love to see him back, but I think he has to do what's best for him right now."
Anthony also addressed the possibility of playing with Felton, who suited up for 54 games with the Knicks in 2010-2011 before begin dealt to Denver in New York's deal for Anthony.
Felton averaged 17.1 points per game with the Knicks and meshed well with Amare Stoudemire, particularly while running the pick-and-roll with the Knicks power forward.
"I never played with Felton so I really don't know what to expect from that situation. I can't wait if that's the case," Anthony said. "I know what he did with the New York Knicks before I even got there with Amare. I know Amare's excited about that, playing with him before I got there, so they can reunite and hopefully we make something happen."
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