I don’t think Carmelo Anthony has anything personal against Jeremy Lin. I think he knows that Lin isn’t the type of point guard that is going to make him better.
I also believe he didn’t like all the attention Lin was getting when he was suppose to be the star of the Knicks. That is why his comments aren’t surprising. He isn’t going to throw support behind someone he doesn’t want back. He said the right things, but you can read between the lines.
A team source tells ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley that the third year of the Rockets’ offer — worth $14.8 million — makes it unlikely the Knicks would match. If the Knicks were to match the offer, they would also be subject to a luxury tax in the third year, bringing their total out-of-pocket cost for Lin to approximately $30 million in 2014-2015.
When asked by Newsday on Sunday if he thought Lin would be back with the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony was unsure but took a swipe at the Rockets’ contract offer to the point guard.
“It’s not up to me. It’s up to the organization to say that they want to match that ridiculous contract,” he told the paper.