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Kang: Blazers Have Cap Space To Chase Knicks G Jeremy Lin

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Jay Caspian Kang of Grantland.com looks ahead to the free agency options for New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, noting that the Portland Trail Blazers are one of many teams with the cap space available to make him a sizable offer. ------------------------------ Despite the small sample size, Lin has proven that he can be an above-average starter in the NBA. He's not Steve Nash or Derrick Rose, but he's probably going to be better than Jameer Nelson and Mike Conley Jr. He has already shown his considerable ceiling — he's always been a bit streaky, so it's not unreasonable to suggest that he will have a couple stretches each year where he torches the league for 25 points and 10 assists a night, just as there will be nights when he looks overmatched and confused. Improvement will most likely come in the way of consistency on both ends of the court. Let's not forget that Jeremy Lin has played in five different systems in his two years in the NBA. Once he settles in with a coach and a steady set of teammates, there's no reason why he won't become a very good point guard on a very good team. ... Here's a list of teams that could offer Lin deals that would go significantly beyond the mid-level exception: Houston, Boston, Cleveland, Indiana, New Jersey (without Deron Williams), Toronto, Dallas, Denver, Minnesota, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, and Sacramento. ------------------------------ -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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