Jeremy Lin has signed a three-year $25.1 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, becoming the’s highest paid Asian American in NBA history.
Lin now joins the ranks of other history making Rockets like Yao Ming, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Lin says he wishes he could’ve stayed in New York but the Knicks chose not to match the Rockets’ offer.
Lin told Sports Illustrated’s Pablo Torre, a former Harvard classmate, that Knicks General Manager Glen Grunwald contacted him at 11 p.m. EST on Tuesday night to inform him the club would not match the $25.1 million offer sheet Lin signed with Houston.
According to Lin, Grunwald said: “We wanted to keep you, but it couldn’t work out. Tell your family I say hello, and good luck the rest of the way.”
“A year ago, I was just trying to stay alive and fight day by day, just to be on a roster,” Lin said in the interview with Sports Illustrated. “What I have now is way more than I ever would have dreamed of, and way more than I need.”
“I love the New York fans to death,” Lin went on to tell Sports Illustrated. “That’s the biggest reason why I wanted to return to New York. The way they embraced me, the way they supported us this past season, was better than anything I’ve ever seen or experienced. I’ll go to my grave saying that. What New York did for me was unbelievable. I wanted to play in front of those fans for the rest of my career.”
New Yorkers wanted him to stay too. A Change.org petition calling on the Knicks’ management to match the Rockets’ has close to 15,000 signatures.