Jeremy Lin, the guy who brought "Linsanity" to the New York Knicks, is a restricted free agent this summer, which means that he can pretty much sign with whoever he wants. Assuming, of course, that they want him, as well. The Knicks will have an opportunity match any offers, which I'm sure they will given Lin's talent and popularity. And while some people feel that there's no reason to panic over a potential departure, Lin's agent suggests you shouldn't assume he's going to return.
In a recent interview with the New York Post, agent Roger Montgomery explained, "I don't expect that. We're not anticipating that's going to happen. We don't have assurances of anything. 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 himself echoed these sentiments, adding, "There's always going to be uncertainty until the final contract is signed, so definitely nothing is set in stone. Nothing's set in stone until it's really written."
This may come as a surprise to Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who said that Lin would "absolutely" return to play for the Knicks next season. It's understandable why he'd want Lin to return. In addition to helping reinvigorate the franchise towards the end of the season, the point guard also has a devoted fan following which essentially translates into dollar signs when you start plastering his name and likeness onto overpriced merchandise.
In related news, Lin was recently named to the USA Basketball Select Team, which will assist in the U.S. Olympic team in preparing for the London games this summer.
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