New York Knicks‘ point guard Jeremy Lin is going into this offseason as a restricted free agent and if the Knicks are going to go full-steam-ahead at Lin to bring him back, they will have to fend off the competition as the Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State Warriors are all possible competitors with the Knicks for Lin this offseason.
For teams to bid on Lin, they will have to remember that since Lin has played at least two years or less in the NBA the Knicks will be able to match any offer sheet using their mid-level exception regardless how lucrative any competing offer is.
The Knicks have the best possible shot of landing Lin since he prospered well in New York for the short amount of time that Lin played. However, Lin going to the Mavericks or the Nets could make sense depending on whichever team loses the bid for impending free agent Deron Williams.
The Trail Blazers will have the most to spend on free agency and also need a point guard while the Raptors could go either way with Jose Calderon. The Warriors do not have a lot of money to spend and may have their hands tied this offseason and have a bigger need at the small forward position.
Lin is coming off an injury but should be 100 percent by the time next season starts. In 35 games Lin averaged 14.6 points per game and 5.2 assists per game for the Knicks. He is a huge fan favorite and I’m sure Knicks fans would hate to see him go, however there may be better options for the Knicks on the open market then playing the offer game with other teams.