Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Sources: Knicks, Warriors eyeing Lin
By Marc Stein
Jeremy Lin's second NBA season could resume this week, because the popular guard clears waivers Tuesday at 10 AM ET, according to a league source.
The fact that Lin's salary for this season ($788,872) is not guaranteed makes it much easier for any interested team to put in a waiver claim on the former Harvard star and take what amounts to a no-risk look at him.
Two teams that have expressed interest in adding Lin to their rosters, according to sources, are the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors ... although in Golden State's case word is that only applies if Lin clears waivers.
The Knicks have a fresh short-term need in the backcourt with rookie Iman Shumpert lost for 2-to-4 weeks with a knee injury sustained in New York's Christmas Day opener in Boston and Baron Davis still trying to rehabilitate his back to a sufficiently sturdy place.
Coach Mike D'Antoni acknowledged Monday that Knicks management is looking for another point guard but did not sound at all interested in a reunion with Nate Robinson after Robinson secured a buyout with Oklahoma City. And that could put Lin at the top of the list for a team that already claimed Steve Novak off waivers from San Antonio.
Sources say that the Warriors, meanwhile, would be interested in using their open roster spot to try to bring Lin back if he clears. New Warriors owner Joe Lacob remains one of Lin's biggest fans and didn't want to release him earlier this month, but Golden State had no other choice thanks to the offer sheet it ultimately extended to then-restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan.
With the Warriors needing as much cap space as they could muster for the offer to Jordan -- which was ultimately matched by the Clippers -- Lin was released and then claimed on waivers by the Houston Rockets ... only for the Rockets to waive him Sunday when they needed to create a roster spot for the signing of Samuel Dalembert.
The Knicks and Warriors, coincidentally, meet Wednesday in Oakland.
After emerging as an athletic summer-league sensation in July 2010, Lin played sparingly for the Warriors as an NBA rookie, appearing in only 29 games. But the NBA's first Asian-American since 1947 averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists for the D-League's Reno Bighorns.