Jeremy Lin hopes to stay a Knick in 2012-13

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, left, Jared Jeffries, New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin, left, Jared Jeffries, center, and Landry Fields, right, watch from the bench during the second half. (March 31, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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Jeremy Lin is set to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and he hopes it doesn't mean he's played his last game as a Knick.

Lin will become a restricted free agent July 1, and after the season he had, the undrafted point guard from Harvard who was cut twice this season will have teams interested in him. It's doubtful the Knicks will let him walk, though.

"I would love to keep this team together as long as we can, everybody, top to bottom," Lin said. "We're growing as a team. We're finding an identity. We're getting better. And we have so much potential, we have so much talent, and I think it's a process in terms of reaching our potential."

Under the rules of the salary cap, the most Lin could get from the Knicks or any other team is roughly $5 million. For what he's done on the court and what he means to the Knicks from a marketing standpoint, it's unlikely that they'll let Lin go.

Filling in from within

Interim coach Mike Woodson doesn't expect the Knicks to sign another point guard to replace Lin for the remaining 13 games.

First of all, they would have to waive someone. But they also have three veteran point guards who have started in the NBA -- Baron Davis, Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby -- and rookie Iman Shumpert, who can fill in.

"We'll probably go with what we have," Woodson said. "I don't think there's a whole lot out there to bring in that would make a big difference for our ballclub."

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