NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks reacts after shooting a three pointer against the Dallas Mavericks at Madison Square Garden on February 19, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Really, it makes sense.
The Dallas Mavericks are interested in Jeremy Lin and considering a couple of factors, it's kind of a no-brainer:
- Jason Kidd and Jason Terry's contracts are up this off-season, so Dallas desperately needs a point guard
- Dallas was the team that gave Lin his big break, letting him play for their summer league team which first got him noticed by NBA scouts, officials and GMs. So obviously Donnie Nelson and Mark Cuban have much respect for Lin and his abilities.
- Lin is young, athletic and still learning: precisely the kind of player the Mavericks need as their veterans continue to age past 30. He also gets into the paint. That's kind of a big deal.
- Lin could provide a cheaper alternative if Deron Williams signs elsewhere.