NBA: Anthony hopes Knicks keep Lin
"I hope we get it done, man. I hope we can get it done," Anthony said Monday night after the US Olympic team's 80-69 exhibition win over Brazil in Washington.
Lin, who burst to international fame with the Knicks last season, signed an offer sheet from the Houton Rockets last week.
But his status as a restricted free agent means the Knicks can keep him if they match the offer, a move that once seemed certain but has apparently become less sure.
The Rockets have offered Lin $25 million over three seasons. The structure of the deal is reportedly a problem for the Knicks because of its $14.9 million scheduled payment for the third year -- when luxury taxes on excessive salary will be higher under the NBA collective bargaining agreement.
"I would love to see him back, honestly. I would definitely love to see him back. But knowing the business of basketball, it's kind of a tough situation, kind of for both parties," Anthony said.
Lin, whose parents are from Taiwan and a grandmother from China, became a smash Broadway hit during last season after having been cut by two NBA clubs -- including the Rockets.
Injuries to two starters allowed the former Harvard University standout a chance to come off the Knicks bench and Lin responded by sparking a seven-game Knicks winning streak, his clutch shooting and passing skills earning him adoration from fans.
"Lin-sanity" became a worldwide phenomenon and even after his role was reduced he served as an inspirational tale.