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Chapter 4: The Poison Pill

How the new CBA played a big role in the Knicks' decision to part with Jeremy Lin

Originally Published: July 19, 2012
By Henry Abbott | ESPN.com

The old "poison pill" trick, offering a contract with an oddity that one franchise could accommodate more easily than another -- in this case, a salary that gets very high in its final year -- had long been allowed under the NBA rules that govern restricted free agency, but it had never been as effective as in the case of Jeremy Lin.

No matter how loaded the offer sheet that a team presented to a free agent, the player's original team has long had the right to match (though before ...

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