Shane Larkin Could Be A Steal For Knicks

Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors believes Larin may have been a steal.

The potential steal of the trade with the Mavs was young point guard Shane Larkin, a first-rounder in the 2013 draft who didn’t see much playing time during his rookie season. Larkin has an extremely high upside, and he has been the team’s starter early in the season thanks to an injury to Calderon. But the Knicks may have made an error in declining to pick up his $1.675MM team option for next season since the CBA bars the team from re-signing him for more than he would have made on his option. If Larkin continues to impress on the court, he’ll likely command a higher salary than that option would have paid him. This could end up being another potentialJeremy Lin scenario, where the player has a breakout season and then another team swoops in and offers more than New York will be able to match.

Larkin did not have his third-year option which is a surprise to some. Although the Knicks want to maintain flexibility for free agency, if the 18th-overall pick of the first round of the 2013 Draft develops, it could be a mistake.

Larkin averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 assists in 10.2 minutes per game. He shot 38.0% from the field, 31.6% from beyond the arc and 64.0% from the charity stripe.

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