NBA — 05 July 2012
Rockets Make Jeremy Lin an Offer

For much of the 4th of July, Steve Nash was rumored to be headed to New York in exchange for Iman Shumpert. That fell through, as Nash ended up in Los Angeles. So this means that the Knicks can’t afford to lose free agent point guard, Jeremy Lin.

Lin, as you recall, was already a member of the Rockets previously. But of course, they let him go. Now they want him back and have made him an offer. Keep in mind that Lin is a restricted free agent, so he’s probably not leaving New York even if he does sign the offer sheet.

The Rockets brought Jeremy Lin back to town for a visit on Wednesday. Getting him to stay in Houston will be considerably more difficult and might have gotten tougher even as they met.

The Rockets on Wednesday made Lin an offer similar in total value to the contract Goran Dragic turned down. But Lin is a restricted free agent — giving the Knicks the opportunity to match any offer he receives — and New York received extra motivation to hang on to Lin while he met with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and coach Kevin McHale.

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