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Knicks Let Jeremy Lin Go To Rockets

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Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks controls the ball against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on February 22, 2012 in New York City.
Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks controls the ball against the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden on February 22, 2012 in New York City.

The New York Knicks are letting Jeremy Lin depart for the Houston Rockets. With approximately 90 minutes remaining before the Knicks had to decide whether or not to match the Rockets' three-year offer worth $25 million to the restricted free agent,
Marcus J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports
and several other reporters received confirmation from a Knicks spokesman that the team isn't bringing Linsanity back to Madison Square Garden for a second season.


Marc J. Spears
Knicks spokesman confirms that Jeremy Lin's offer sheet will not be matched. is now officially a Rocket.

Along with Spears, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News and Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal were among those reporting on New York's decision. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks confirmed the decision via email.


Marc Berman
confirm tonight they are not matching Lin in email. Official.

According to Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg News, the deal will become official five minutes before the deadline.

As Knicks fans took to Twitter to debate, and largely lament, the decision, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was welcoming his newest player.


Daryl Morey
Welcome to Houston ! We plan to hang on this time. You will love

Not long after Morey welcomed Lin, the overnight sensation out of Palo Alto, by way of Harvard, spoke to those who cheered him in New York and those hoping to do so in Houston.


Jeremy Lin
Extremely excited and honored to be a Houston Rocket again!!

Jeremy Lin
Much love and thankfulness to the Knicks and New York for your support this past year...easily the best year of my life

Howard Beck of the New York Times reported earlier on Tuesday that Knicks decided to let Lin go.

Lin signed Houston's offer sheet over the weekend, giving the Knicks three days to match. Initial reports indicated that New York would match any offer. But after signing Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton, keeping Linsanity in the Big Apple seemed doubtful.

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