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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Coon: Makes cent$ to bring Lin back

By Ian Begley

If you've been paying attention over the past few days, there's no doubt you've heard all of the arguments to both keep and get rid of Jeremy Lin.

There's the camp out there that says there's no way you can pay a player like Lin $14.8 million in one season. The same group says there's also no way the Knicks can carry four point guards on the roster. And, furthermore, the argument goes, they may be better off with Raymond Felton running the show.

Then there's the other side that says, 'How do you let Jeremy Lin -- the best thing to happen to your franchise in about 20 years and maybe ever -- walk for nothing? And, if money is really the issue, then if the Knicks paid guys like Jerome James and Eddy Curry astronomical figures, why not shell out some money to keep the 23-year-old Lin?'

Yes, we're sure you're well-versed in both sides by now.

But here's a new wrinkle to the argument, courtesy of ESPN.com's salary cap guru Larry Coon.

Coon points out that the stretch provision in the new CBA could lessen the burden of Lin's contract, in the event that things don't work out. Here's part of Coon's argument, via ESPN Insider:

“If Lin proves to be a disaster over the next two seasons, the Knicks can waive him, stretch the payment of his $14.8 million salary over three years, and reduce his salary cap amount to about $4.9 million in each season.”

What do you think? Does this change your opinion on what the Knicks should do with Lin? Should they make the decision based on finances alone?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

For Coon's full Insider piece, click here.