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The Knicks Are Avoiding Jeremy Lin’s Houston Offer Sheet So The Three-Day Clock Won’t Start

According to league rules, the three-day clock for a team to match an offer on a restricted free agent does not begin until the team’s general manager physically receives the offer sheet. Well, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, the Knicks are literally avoiding the Rockets so the clock won’t start.

Here’s Feigen’s report, via Twitter:

“Rockets so far unable to hand deliver Lin offer sheet. Knicks refused to accept at team hotel. Glen Grunwald not at practice yest, gm today. Rockets had a courier knocking on doors at hotel, call room. Could not get someone to accept offer sheet yesterday. Rockets FedExed offer sheet to Knicks offices in NY, but league said GM Glen Grunwald must receive it himself. Clock to match at standstill. All of this is high comedy, but does leave no doubt that Knicks will take every bit of three days to match, once offer sheet is in hand”

While all of this is undoubtedly hilarious, as the Knicks childishly play “catch me if you can” with Houston, we’re not sure why they’re even doing this. Every report indicates they’ll match the Rockets’ offer, so there’s really not much to discuss in the front office – and news of the Rockets’ offer sheet has been public for over a week now, so they’ve had plenty of time to discuss further options. In any case, we hope the Knicks’ GM Glen Grunwald skips town and ends up in a country without an extradition treaty.

And, as Feigen notes, we’re in an era where players sign via iPad. You’d think that would eliminate the need for hand delivery, but no. Anyway, we prefer a Houston courier chasing Knicks management around on a bike, or whatever.


  • Anonymous

    So again they blame the Knicks for Houston’s mistakes? 
    League rules are crystal clear.  Hand delivered to the general manager only.   Toronto figured out how but Houston can’t?  
    If you know and understand the league rule and you know the GM is not at the summer league practice then why in the hell would you go door to door trying to get someone to accept the contract?   Seems like what Houston is trying to do is pull a fast one.
    Houston has been shading from the start, spreading false stories just like this one, waiting until Friday to sign JL, changing the conditions of the contract that was already verbally agreed to.   Here is a tip Houston Rockets next time, have a guy practice for you before you cut him off the team… geniuses.  

  • http://twitter.com/ShawnIsTweetin Shawn Singh

    This article is terrible. The reason why they are avoiding the Rockets isn’t because their “thinking”. Glen Grunwald isn’t in a corner with a thinking cap on his head. He’s hiding to mess with the Rockets. 

    Since the Rockets decided to play the anti-Knick by backloading Lin’s contract (twice, might I add), the Knicks are going to make sure they “hide” from the Rockets so they can’t make any free agency moves since their tied to Lin. Until we match it, they become very restricted. Since the 3 day limit to match only starts once Grunwald receives the offer sheet, we’re going to continue this game of Cat and Mouse as a little revenge against the Rockets organization. 

    There’s more to the NBA than just the game, my friend. 

  • Uranidiot

    Yes hiding from receiving an offer sheet is completely normal…? Not to mention Lin played well in Summer League for the Rockets but they still had better PG’s in Dragic and Lowry…Genius.

  • Michellewong1312

    Oh Lord, I am baffle.with the behavior.of these 2 teams. First, Rocket was putting off the offee sheet to Lin and now following the rumours of Knicks GM is delaying accepting the offer by playing hide and seek with Rocket. Are you kidding me; the player did not ask for this, his is sandnow sandwich in betwwen and cannot start his training which is very important in team building

  • Anonymous

    Had I seen this info before the Felton trade…I woulda thought something was hinky because that’s hinky. Very interesting sports story. You never know what’s going to happen but love to see Lin go to Houston.

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