Report: Jeremy Lin Not Guaranteed To Return To Knicks, Agent Says
The New York Knicks are confident that point guard Jeremy Lin will return next season rather than flirt with other teams in free agency over the summer, but his agent says it’s far from a sure thing, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“We don’t have assurances of anything,” Roger Montgomery said. “I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I’m not going to assume anything. We’re waiting to see what happens.”
Lin, who took over the Knicks’ point guard job on Feb. 6 and averaged 14.6 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds over 35 games, becomes a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Knicks have the right to match any offer sheet extended by another team. Lin can begin negotiating with other teams on July 1.
Lin is currently in the final stages of rehabbing from a torn meniscus; he plans to return home to Northern California. He’s hoping to join the U.S. Select Team this summer and practice against Team USA prior to the Olympics.
“It hasn’t been settled, but he’d be excited to do it,” Montgomery said.