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									 Will Jeremy Lin Stay in New York?
Raymond Felton is returning to New York, calling into question whether the Knicks plan to re-sign
fellow point guard Jeremy Lin.

                                          Felton's agent confirmed a Yahoo Sports report Saturday that
                                          Felton would be signed and traded by Portland to New York.

                                          Lin has signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, and
                                          the Knicks have repeatedly said they would match any offer
                                          for their breakout star. But with the third year of the contract
                                          worth about $15 million, they can certainly pass now after
                                          signing Jason Kidd and getting Felton back.

                                          Carmelo Anthony said Sunday it's up to the Knicks to decide
                                          if they want to match the "ridiculous contract" that the
                                          Houston Rockets have offered Lin.

                                          Asked if he could envision Lin being with the Knicks next
                                          season, Anthony said: "At this point there's a lot going on. I
                                          stay away from that part right now. I would love to see him
                                          back, but I think he has to do what's best for him right now."

                                          Lin had a sensational run after becoming the Knicks' starter in
                                          February, but his season ended after just 35 games and 25
                                          starts when he needed surgery to repair torn cartilage in his
                                          left knee.

Based on the potential he showed while averaging 17.9 points in his final 27 games, and the marketing
appeal he had as the NBA's first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, it was long
expected the Knicks wouldn't let Lin leave. Lin became one of the team's most popular players and
helped the Knicks draw huge TV ratings locally and in Asia. Knicks coach Mike Woodson said
Wednesday that Lin would absolutely return next season and would go into training camp as the starter,
even after the signing of Kidd.

Felton was considered an option as a veteran backup to Lin if the Knicks didn't get Steve Nash or Kidd.
They signed Kidd, and they still pursued Felton.

Now the question is where will Lin play next season.

Lin signed his offer sheet worth about $25 million for three years Friday and the Knicks have until 11:59
p.m. Tuesday to match the offer, according to a person with knowledge of the process. The person spoke
to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced.

The Knicks already lost one guard Saturday when they elected not to match the offer Landry Fields
signed with Toronto, worth around $20 million over three years. The second-round pick from Stanford
had been a starter during his two seasons with New York.

"I want to thank ALL the Knick fans out there for their support over the past two years!" he wrote on
Twitter. "Much love and respect, you will be missed."

								
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