Salacious title, I know. I realize this is going to bring a lot of heat. And, of course I mean "cut" as in "waived", not "shanked in the shower."
First and foremost, I want to say that this is my opinion, and purely conjecture. I have no inside info, nor have sources close to the team mentioned anything of the sort, but I believe Jeremy Lin isn't long for the Warriors. Whether that means he's going to be waived, or just demoted to the D-League, I have a hunch it's going to happen sooner than later.
This is more than gut feeling, however. Allow me to explain my position before immediately flaming me, ye Lin apostle.
Today the Warriors announced their "Special Events Calendar". Many of you probably received the email from Warriors GTOe-mail. Notice that the first event of the year is Asian Heritage Night, prominently featuring the visage of Jeremy Lin. Now, every year the Warriors have an Asian Heritage Night, but never have they had it so soon in the season (by my recollection only), nor have they ever had a player to specifically honor with the event. This year's event is capped off with an "Exclusive Post-Game Q&A with Jeremy Lin!"
Sounds good, right? Not for Lin, I'm afraid. Having this event so early in the year sounds like they already have plans for his not-so-distant future following the event. The team either realizes now that they're going to have to cut his non-guaranteed contract, or send him to the D-League, and SOON so they can get an actual serviceable backup PG (our greatest single need at the moment) while some are still available. But, before doing that, they've got to sell as many jerseys as possible and cash in on their media darling first, right? Yep. And, do it quickly. They have a business to run, after all. Chew 'em up and spit 'em out.
Perhaps I'm being pessimistic, and the opposite is true: they're so high on Jeremy Lin's ability that they need to hit the ground running for his Rookie of the Year campaign! That just seems doubtful with how little playing time he's gotten in the first two pre-season games.
Personally, I hope I'm wrong. I'm really rooting for the kid. His story is a great one so far. But, honestly, from the start, his signing has seemed like fancy PR pomp and circumstance by our new owners (Guber, I'm looking at you), knowing that an Asian-American player would be a cash cow, especially in this market. Actual hope or possibility of Lin ever being an NBA-quality player always seemed like an afterthought. For me, this early Asian Heritage Night validates those feelings.
And now....(drumroll)....let the flame war begin!!
Oh, and LGW!!
Decide Jeremy Lin's fate by year's end:
Warriors Backup G (402 votes)
Warriors Starting G (9 votes)
Reno Big Horns Starting G (D-League) (231 votes)
Waived/Cut (87 votes)
Rookie of the Year (19 votes)
MVP (62 votes)
810 total votes