Jeremy Lin: What They're Saying As Deadline Approaches

The New York Knicks have until 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday to decided whether or not to match the three-year, $25-million contract offer Jeremy Lin has signed with the Houston Rockets. As the clock ticks, here is some of what is being said on the Inter-Google about the situation.

There Is a Petition to Keep Jeremy Lin a Knick -- The Sports Section
It's got quite a bit of support over a short period of time, too.

Silliest of NBA summers continues as Rockets, Knicks battle over Jeremy Lin - Sam Amick - SI.com

If the Knicks decide to match Houston's three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet to Lin by Tuesday's apparent 11:59 p.m. deadline (more on that later) despite having agreed to acquire Raymond Felton on Saturday, then the point guard whose exciting 25-game stretch last season sparked all of this madness would be set to earn a whopping $14.8 million in the 2014-15 season. To wit: Lin -- who would earn a mere $5 million in the first season and $5.2 million in the second -- would make 84 percent of what LeBron James will earn next season (approximately $19 million) and slightly more than Knicks and Team USA center Tyson Chandler is scheduled to make ($14.5 million).

While New York's next move remains to be seen, it's worth noting that Felton's camp did his deal with the understanding that Lin was not likely to be retained.

Jeremy Lin now faces sky-high expectations with a $25 million contract looming - NY Daily News
It’s good being Jeremy Lin. You got a new $25 million contract on the horizon after signing an offer sheet with the Rockets Friday, an ESPY Award and bow tie to boot.

NY Knicks shouldn't match absurd Jeremy Lin offer from Houston Rockets, and shouldn't count Jason Kidd as a mentor after DWI - NY Daily News
If the Knicks are thinking clearly on this one, they will not match the Rockets’ absurd $25 million offer to Lin, officially extended Saturday night to considerable laughter around the NBA. The third year of the deal, at nearly $15 million, is exactly what Lin, a backup-quality player, should be paid over the life of a three-year deal.

Jeremy Lin Knicks Merchandise Could Soon Be 'Worth Virtually Nothing'
If Jeremy Lin leave the New York Knicks, fans will be devastated. Just not as much as the retailers.

Unless the New York Knicks match the Houston Rockets' offer by tomorrow night, Jeremy Lin will be heading west this summer, taking with him a whole lot of money in lost merchandise revenue. If he leaves, retailers across the New York metropolitan area will slash prices on Lin gear, dropping the prices for products like t-shirts and books down to five dollars, Bloomberg reports.

Jeremy Lin Knicks Merchandise Could Soon Be 'Worth Virtually Nothing'
If Jeremy Lin leave the New York Knicks, fans will be devastated. Just not as much as the retailers.

Unless the New York Knicks match the Houston Rockets' offer by tomorrow night, Jeremy Lin will be heading west this summer, taking with him a whole lot of money in lost merchandise revenue. If he leaves, retailers across the New York metropolitan area will slash prices on Lin gear, dropping the prices for products like t-shirts and books down to five dollars, Bloomberg reports.

Rockets GM feeling heat from Lin deal
The Rockets contract offer for Jeremy Lin might not be popular, but it's not ridiculous, either.

For Knicks, match Lin or risk regret if he goes | Fox News
This would have been such an obvious decision in February.

Trash Talk: Knicks must match offer, keep Lin - Sports- NBC Sports
Trash Talk: New York has a choice between a so-so point guard in Raymond Felton and one who might turn out better in Jeremy Lin, which is why the choice is a no-brainer.

J.R. Smith suggests Lin contract would not go over well in Knicks locker room | ProBasketballTalk
There’s a real question now whether the Knicks will match the Jeremy Lin offer sheet from Houston, a three-year, $25 million offer. They have until Tuesday to decide. On one hand there is the fact Lin is not worth that much, he's really not worth the $14.

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