Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Lin's 'just looking for an opportunity'
By Ian Begley
Jeremy Lin will join the Knicks on Wednesday before their game against Golden State after the team claimed him off of waivers on Tuesday.
Just how long the Knicks plan to keep Lin is unclear. His contract is not guaranteed, so the Knicks can waive him at any time prior to Feb. 10 without having to pay the remainder of his contract. If and when Iman Shumpert returns from his injury, he will likely resume his role as one of the team's three point guards, leaving Lin as the odd man out.
Lin's addition gives the Knicks 15 players on their roster. They still have the $2.5 million "room" exception available to acquire a free agent. If they choose to add another player, they would need to free up a roster spot.
Lin was released Sunday by the Rockets to make roster room for Houston's signing of Samuel Dalembert.
The Rockets had claimed Lin off waivers after he was released by the Golden State Warriors, who had to let him go to create the requisite salary-cap space for a four-year offer sheet worth nearly $43 million to then-restricted DeAndre Jordan that was matched by the Los Angeles Clippers.
So it's been a bit of a whirlwind for the former Harvard star.
"Jeremy's just looking for an opportunity to show what he can do," his agent Roger Montgomery said on Tuesday. " And, what better place to do so, than on the biggest stage in basketball?"