The NBA star behind the “Linsanity” craze back in 2012 shared that he is open to returning to his original team, the New York Knicks. However, the team which gave him his big break and made his name a global phenomenon doesn’t seem to be interested in getting him back.
According to ESPN, Lin told the New York Daily News during Knicks’ preseason game against his now current team, Charlotte Hornets that, “There was no conversation other than them telling me they weren’t interested. I’ve always been open to it, ever since I, you know, I don’t want to say I necessarily left, ever since [they decided they didn’t want to re-sign me]. But I’ve always been open to it. But I don’t think they’re as open to it.
“[There’s no animosity] from my perspective. I understand. And I understand why it happened. But no animosity. To be honest, I’m very much past it,” he added.
Reports claim that even though fans are expecting that he will be re-signed, the Knicks did not match Hornets’ offer of a three-year contract amounting to a $25 million deal when Lin became a free agent over the summer.
Some speculate that the reason behind it may be because he does not fit with the defensive approach of the Knicks and they have Carmelo Anthony as their star and the focal point of their marketing strategy. Others suggest that the team has already drafted Notre Dame’s guard Jerian Grant who was looking good during preseason. They also starting the season with veteran Jose Calderon as point guard.
Meanwhile, Hornets’ owner Michael Jordan is said to be excited in getting Lin onboard.
Talking to Xinhua News Agency, “We just got Jeremy Lin, who I think is going to be our biggest acquisition. His penetration, his shooting capability, his point guard savvy, he can really pass the basketball, his energy about the game of basketball something,” he stated.