Chapter 3: The Rockets

Houston is happy -- and quite surprised -- to have Jeremy Lin back in the fold

Originally Published: July 19, 2012
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Funny thing about the contract that introduced the mighty, famously extravagant New York Knickerbockers to the bottoms of their pockets for the very first time in the James Dolan era:

The three-year offer sheet worth just over $25 million that the Houston Rockets bestowed upon Jeremy Lin wasn't even the most lucrative deal they could have presented to Lin.

If the Rockets wanted to be as aggressive as the rules allowed, they actually could have signed Lin to a four-year offer ...

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