Lin set to stay and start with Knicks

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has allayed fears that star point guard Jeremy Lin will be leaving the franchise amidst reports of a deal with the Houston Rockets.

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Lin has been reported to have been offered a $28 million deal over four years from the Houston Rockets and the Knicks' apparent reluctance to take any action prior in addition to the arrival of veteran point guard Jason Kidd on a $3million per year deal has fuelled rumours of Lin's exit.

Reports of Lin being unhappy in the Knicks surfaced, but the Harvard graduate took to Twitter on Wednesday to deny it.

He tweeted: "Lol why do u guys believe everything? No quotes from me = probably not true"

In the latest developments, Woodson revealed to Associated Press that the Knicks have always intended to match any offers for Lin, no matter what the price was.

"Absolutely," Woodson said when asked whether the Knicks would retain their young point guard, "Jeremy Lin has always been a big part of what we we're trying to do as we move forward with our franchise."

Woodson went further and assured that Lin, who also won the Best Breakthrough Athlete Award at the 2012 ESPYS on Wednesday, will be a starter despite the Kidd's signing.

"Jason [Kidd] is a veteran guy that brings leadership and I thought it would be a perfect fit for Jeremy Lin in terms of being able to tutor him as he grows as a point guard for our franchise, and Jason can still play and run a ballclub," Woodson said, "So that's important I think as we move forward."

The Knicks have managed to acquire Marcus Camby from Houston, re-sign JR Smith and Steve Novak but will have to make a decision whether to retain Lin's close friend Landry Fields, who signed a three-year deal Wednesday with the Toronto Raptors worth $18.7 million.

Lin is expected to sign the offer sheet as soon as Thursday, and then the Knicks would have to match it by Sunday.

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