With the incoming salary cap spike in the NBA, free agency is going to be the craziest one yet when it begins on July 1. Because of that spike, just about every player in the league has opted out of their current deal and will look to cash in on the big money that is expected to be handed out when teams can begin agreeing to deals with players.
One player that is set to cash in big is point guard Jeremy Lin. After a big season with the Charlotte Hornets, Lin is going to be in high command in free agency from a team that needs a point guard and he stands to make a good deal of money.
While speaking at the World Economic Forum in China (via SI WIRE), Lin talked about a potential return to the New York Knicks. While he wouldn't rule it out, Lin didn't seem so optimistic because of the Knicks just trading for Derrick Rose.
"It's not looking likely, because they just traded for Derrick Rose," Lin said in a conversation at the World Economic Forum in China. "But I will say, ever since I left I've been open to going back, and I still am. Never say never. That's the one thing in the NBA. Never say never. So I've always been open, but right now, I'm not sure it's the best timing.
"I want to find a home," he said. "I want to see how good I can become. I'm 27, an athlete's prime in the NBA is usually 27–30."
Lin is right, although he would be open to a return to the city that gave him his rise in the league, he needs to go to the best situation for him. Right now, he's a perfect point guard on the market for a team that is in need of one, because of the lack of depth on the market.
His season last year in Charlotte proved that he is getting better and if he's lucky, he'll get a very large deal. Just don't expect it from New York.