Knicks management doesn't seem to be the only ones who don't want Jeremy Lin back with the team. It appears that a few New York players are hoping Lin plays for Houston next year.
Carmelo Anthony made news when he suggested that the Knicks should not match the Rockets offer sheet.
It's up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that's out there, Anthony said at U.S. Olympic team practice. I think a lot of people kind of jumped the gun with that, that he's going to be back no matter what. He was a free agent, so he was testing the market. Houston threw a big deal out there on the table and I haven't talked with anyone in the Knicks' organization as far as what's going to happen, what's the next step.
Houston offered Lin $25 million over three years. New York would have to play $14.8 million of the contract to Lin in the third year.
J.R. Smith also expressed his skepticism over the team bringing back the point guard.
I'm sure the city would love to have him back, but the team decided to go in a different direction, Smith told Sports Illustrated. It's nothing personal, I don't think, just business. We just hope everybody can benefit from here.
The shooting guard also said Lin's contract could have a negative effect on the locker room.
Without a doubt, Smith said. I think some guys take it personal, because they've been doing it longer and haven't received any reward for it yet. I think it's a tough subject to touch on for a lot of guys.
New York reportedly won't match the Houston offer sheet. They have traded for point guard Raymond Felton and signed Jason Kidd in recent days.
The Knicks are already above the salary cap. They would be locked into paying millions of dollars in luxury tax penalties if they were to sign the offer sheet.
Ever since Linsanity took hold early on this year, there have been questions about whether or not Lin and Anthony can co-exist. Anthony is used to dominating the ball, while Lin experienced the most success when he controlled the ball.
In Lin's first eight starts, the Knicks went 7-1. Anthony sat out all eight games because of nagging injuries. Upon the star's return, New York went 2-8.
Smith's comments come shortly after he gave the Knicks a discount to stay in New York. He makes $2.8 million a year, which is $12 million less than what Lin will earn in the 2014-15 NBA Season. Smith was drafted in 2004, while Lin has played in just 64 career games.
Perhaps Anthony and Smith are jealous of the money Lin will be making, or the attention he's received since bursting on the scene. Either way, they seem to have reservations about the Knicks keeping the point guard.
New York has until 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday to match the Rockets offer.