Don’t blame Carmelo Anthony if the Knicks don’t match Jeremy Lin’s offer sheet from the Houston Rockets.
Anthony said in a text message with Yahoo! Sports on Sunday that if the Knicks don’t match the offer sheet for the point guard, it’s not because of Anthony. Still, Anthony didn’t appear excited at the prospect of the Knicks offering what he views as an oddly structured contract.
Yahoo! Sports reported that the Knicks are unlikely to bring Lin back.
“It's up to the organization to say they want to match that ridiculous contract that's out there,” Anthony told reporters following Team USA’s practice Sunday.
According to CBSSports.com, Anthony was referring to the structure of the contract, a three-year deal worth $25.1 million including a $14.9 million “poison pill” in year three meant to discourage the Knicks from signing Lin. He was not taking shots at Lin or the overall amount he has earned.
Anthony reiterated the fact that he’s not the one preventing Lin from returning to New York.
“It's up to ownership to match, not me,” said Anthony, a former Towson Catholic star. “I'm tired of people trying to blame me for the fact that the Knicks might not match. I want everybody to get paid if they have the opportunity.
“I'd love to see [Lin] back, but I think he has to do what's best for him right now.”