Mar 12, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) plays defense against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls defeat the Knicks 104-99. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
We have reached the final day of LinWatch! Supposedly, the deadline for the Knicks to match the Rockets' three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet is tonight at 10:59 Houston time. Of course, this is still under debate with Knicks GM Glen Grunwald denying when he received the Rockets memo, but, whatever.
With Aaron Brooks inking a deal with the Sacramento Kings yesterday, it appears that the free agent point guard pool has officially dried up. Only the likes of Randy Foye, Nate Robinson and John Lucas III remain and none of those exactly instill confidence in running the show.
So it now appears that it's Lin or bust for the Rockets, unless they're planning to have a Tony Douglas, Shaun Livingston, Scott Machado and Courtney Fortson platoon in 2012. As far as what the Knicks plan to do, well hit the jump to find out.
Still hearing nothing definitive on the Knicks decision about Jeremy Lin. Likely discussed more internally today before tonight's deadline— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 17, 2012
Yeah, nobody knows. I don't care how many sources that ass clown Stephen A. Smith says that he has, no one knows anything. But what we do know is that all of the negative press Jeremy Lin has gotten from the East Coast sports writers the past 48 hours will magically be erased from existence should the Knicks match tonight. But , to the pro-Lin crowd, if you're looking for a glimmer of hope, the Knicks Store no longer has a Jeremy Lin section (at least at the time of writing this) on their webpage. It's about as meaningless as the Rockets twitter "followgate" was, but still fun.
So use this thread to discuss LinWatch and keep checking back for updates. I have no idea what's going to happen, but Kernstradamus (winning percentage sitting at a stellar 55%. What? It's better than Gary Kubiak's and you guys all love him now, but I digress) will call his shot here; The deadline passes and the majority of Red Nation is pretty happy. Then, like the old circling buzzard he is, David Stern crashes the party and gives the Knicks an extension on the deadline due to Dolan and Grunwald's complaints about when the offer sheet was received and then they match. Because, you know...basketball reasons.
Update: Howard Beck of the New York Times says it's over, Lin will be a Rocket:
Posting momentarily to nytimes.com: Lin will be a Rocket. Knicks deliberations over.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) July 17, 2012
Update 2: The worldwide leader is confirming
BREAKING - Report: Knicks done deliberating, WILL NOT match Houston's offer sheet for Jeremy Lin. @JLin7 will be a Rocket.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 17, 2012