I hear announcers and articles out there that mentions NY would be able to use their Early Bird Exception to re-sign Lin as a restricted free agent, but my understanding is that he does not qualify for Early Bird rights since he has been waived during the life of his contract. So, I went to Larry Coon's NBA salary cap FAQ and I noticed this:
"If a player is waived and is claimed by another team before he clears waivers, then his Bird clock resets"
So, doesn't this mean Lin is an unrestricted free agent this year with only non-Bird exception? Also, since NY is likely over the cap next year as it currently stands, they would only have mini-MLE to throw at Lin. Even if NY had the full MLE, it's still smaller than a max contract for a second year. Or, is the above statement no longer true with the new CBA and Lin indeed will be a restricted free agent with a QO?