Contrary to popular belief there is a life in basketball outside of New York. With the New York Knicks moving towards a new roster, is it time for Jeremy Lin to take offers from teams like the Dallas Mavericks or Golden State Warriors?
Warriors head coach Stephen Jackson has deep ties with Lin
Golden State is an interesting choice for Lin for a huge number of reasons. Not the least of which the Warriors actually had him in on a tryout as a free agent once before and let him go. How they missed the first time is a big mystery but things have changed. After saving the season for the New York Knicks and flashing his talent on the biggest stage in sports, the long-suffering Warriors are willing to correct that mistake when word broke of their interest to bring him west when NBA free agency starts. It's easy to argue why Lin should go. Never mind money issues. The head coach of the Golden State Warriors is Stephen Jackson. For those who remember he actually was an All-Star during his playing days. Like Jeremy Lin he played point guard for the New York Knicks as a rookie before the team shipped him west to the Los Angeles Clippers. If anyone knows how to appreciate an underappreciated point guard its Jackson. So how possible is it for Linsanity to reach California?
Mavericks' interest in Deron Williams makes a Texas NBA visit unlikely
Many see only two other teams aside from the Knicks that stand between Golden State and Lin. The fun part about that is both teams are likely to enter a bidding war for another point guard first. All-Star Deron Williams stated he would enter NBA free agency to test his market value and not sign a new deal with the new Brooklyn Nets franchise. The other team that most expect to make the hardest run at Williams is the Dallas Mavericks. Both squads will have high salary caps, meaning they can throw money at any player they want. It's still unclear which team has the upper hand. Some say Dallas, others say the Nets. Either way whichever team lands Williams will likely make the other resolved to make sure they get Lin as consolation. That means if Golden State wants to move their Linsanity experiment forward they may have to up the bribe. With a chance at playing for more money, Lin's time with the Knicks could end.
The Golden State Warriors are the surprise team to have interest in Jeremy Lin with NBA free agency drawing closer. Either the Dallas Mavericks or Brooklyn Nets still block the way depending on Deron Williams but if a few things go right then the young point guard might find he made the right choice by heading back to the west coast.