NBA trade deadline: Jeremy Lin may be on Knicks' wish list


Linsanity, the sequel? According to one scribe, it's at least a possibility. 

ESPN NBA writer Chad Ford stirred that pot Tuesday, saying the point guard is the Knicks' radar as they try to make a trade before Thursday's deadline.

"We've heard about them going after a point guard (such as) Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague. I know another guy they'd love to get  their hands on right now, and that's Jeremy Lin," Ford said in a podcast segment with Bill Simmons. "And the question is, would Houston do it? I know the word is no, but maybe, to get out of  that contract. Maybe if Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. are in the deal. Maybe."

Simmons was incredulous that Shumpert and Hardaway would be in the discussion. Those two players represent t

he Knicks' young talent. Ford didn't budge.

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"They want a point guard. They want something to shake this up," he replied. "That's someone that they would like."

New York is 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the East despite a 20-33 record.

The Knicks moved on from Lin in 2012 when they decided not to match the Rockets' three-year, $25 million offer sheet to him and chose to go with Raymond Felton. The deal was heavily backloaded: Lin will make $15 million next season in the final year. Any team that acquires Lin would thus pay him more for one-plus year than the Rockets would for almost two. On the other hand, that'll be a big expiring-contract chip come next trade deadline.