2012 NBA Free Agency: Knicks Expected To Match Jeremy Lin Offer Sheet From Rockets

Mar 6, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin (17) shoots prior to the game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The hope - or threat - of Linsanity on the 610 is likely over, as the New York Knicks are expected to match Houston's offer to Jeremy Lin on Thursday, keeping him in Manhattan.

Jeremy Lin's flirtation with his former team might end up being just that - the free agent guard for the New York Knicks is likely to receive an offer from that franchise on Wednesday that will match the offer sheet he signed with the Rockets last week, keeping Lin in New York, according to the New York Daily News.

The Daily News is also theorizing that the entire process of Lin's offer from Rockets' GM Daryl Morey could've been a favor to the Knicks organization, who stated loudly before free agency that they wanted Lin back, but required the free agent to set his market value by obtaining an offer from another team:

Morey could have intentionally done a favor for the Knicks in setting a reasonable market price and not having Lin twist in the wind for weeks. The Knicks may have repaid the favor when the Knicks gave Morey a slew of assets in the Camby deal — center prospects Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan, Toney Douglas, two second-round picks and $2 million.

For more on the Houston Rockets, check out The Dream Shake. New York Knicks news and info can be found at Posting And Toasting, while all your NBA Free Agency news is at SB Nation's NBA page.

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