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Is this the end of Linsanity? Knicks star could be off to Houston Rockets.

New York have reportedly failed to match the $25m, three-year deal that has been offered to tempt the point guard to Texas.

Lin was a sensation with the Knicks last season.
Lin was a sensation with the Knicks last season.
Image: AP Photo - Aaron Vincent Elkaim

JEREMY LIN WON a lot of hearts and a few basketball games last season when he emerged from sporting obscurity to inspire the New York Knicks to a mid season revival.

It sparked a crazy, hazy six-week period of ‘Linsanity’, during which the point guard dropped game winners and led many to ask ‘Where did this guy come from?’

Injury curtailed the former Harvard student’s season but it was expected that he would return to his adoring public in the new season and build on such a promising, if somewhat protracted start to his NBA career.

However, news that the Knicks have reached an agreement with the Portland Trail Blazers to acquire point guard Raymond Felton has sparked worries that Lin may be on his way out of Manhattan.

The situation has developed even further over the weekend with reports that the Houston Rockets have offered Lin a three year deal worth $25m.

Tuesday night deadline

The trade sees Felton return to the fold in New York and it will generally be seen as a positive move.

The point guard was a major contributor to the Knicks cause before he was shifted as part of the mega dealing it took to get Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden.

New York have until Tuesday night, 17 July, to match the Rockets’ offer and keep Lin on their roster but it would be an expensive move for a player that may not start each game.

Rockets fans would welcome a bit of media-attracting glamour to their franchise but may not go Lin-sane for the 23-year-old unless he starts making game-clinching cameos and keeps the team ticking over in the South West Division.

The move could backfire if Lin goes on to prove he was more than a flash in the pan but many commentators see the potential trade as the right time to cash in on a star that burned briefly but oh so brightly.

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