Knicks Notes: Lin, James

Here's a look at some Knicks-related items as New York succumbs to Linsanity..

  • The Knicks are in position to keep Jeremy Lin beyond this season and almost certainly will, writes Howard Beck of the New York Times.  The guard will be a restricted free agent and will be limited to receiving the full mid-level exception under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • As the deadline for guaranteeing contracts approached, the Knicks were learning towards releasing Lin and had begun targeting other guards, including veteran Mike James, sources told Marc Stein of ESPN.com.  James has been back with the club's D-League affiliate since being waived by the Bulls earlier this month.
  • We've heard that Lin slipped through the Lakers' fingers earlier this season, but the guard was also very close to signing overseas before the NBA lockout ended.  Emiliano Carchia of Sportando Basket (via Twitter) writes that Lin was near a deal with Italy's Banca Tercas Teramo.
  • As the Knicks waffled on whether or not to keep Lin beyond the deadline, team exec Mark Warkentien began calling associates in the D-League to gather more background info on the guard, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

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