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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