The Select Team is a group of 13 up-and-coming players who will train against the U.S. Olympic Squad this summer before the Olympic team departs to London for the athletic festivities. Besides for the notable honor in being selected to the team, there are some benefits to Jeremy's selection.
For one, Lin will get experience playing against some of the best players in the NBA. Although it's a shorter time, being around high-level players for extended periods can really be beneficial. After the FIBA World Championships in 2010, players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Love all had breakout seasons. For Lin, playing against Olympic players, and other up-and-comers on the Select Team will be a good learning experience.
Second, I guess this means his knee is feeling better. Good.
Third, a lot has been said about whether the Knicks should re-sign Lin this offseason, or for how much, because of their limited money. There have been doubts about whether his 26-game breakout was substantial enough to warrant giving him a contract and making him the point guard of the future. If Jerry Colangelo (the U.S.A basketball director) and company believe Lin is good enough to be on the Select team, that should be good, right? The Knicks should give him a contract right?!
Unless he doesn't come back to the Knicks!!! DUH DUH DUUHHHHHH! Jump for some words from Lin's agent.
Marc Berman of the Post reported some quotes from Lin's agent regarding Lin's impending free agency:
When asked if he expects the Knicks negotiation to be cut-and-dried, Montgomery forewarned: “I don’t expect that. We’re not anticipating that’s going to happen. We don’t have assurances of anything. I know history shows most restricted free agents go back to their team, but I’m not going to assume anything. We’re waiting to see what happens.’’According to Berman, the Knicks may stay put once free agency begins to get a feel for what other teams perceive Lin's market value to be. Because of the Gilbert Arenas Provision, the Knicks can match any offer Lin receives.
Of course, much of this is still to be determined because of the hearing on the NBA restoring Lin's Bird Rights and that whole mess. That's still waiting in limbo.
If Lin (and Steve Novak, too) get their Bird Rights, the Knicks can go above the salary cap to re-sign both of them. This would allow them to use their full MLE on other free agents. However, if the league doesn't grant Lin and Novak their Bird Rights, the Knicks will face a decision of how to go about re-signing Lin with the MLE.
Stay tuned on that stuff, but in the meantime, another congrats to Jeremy on the Select Team!