This would have been such an obvious decision in February.
Jeremy Lin was Kobe Bryant's equal on the court and at the souvenir stand during a mesmerizing stretch that Commissioner David Stern said he had "never quite seen anything like."
No way the New York Knicks were letting Lin get away back then, when he was the biggest thing in basketball.
Things are different now.
Lin no longer plays for a coach whose offense seems designed for him. He's coming off knee surgery and would come at a monstrous cost - thanks to an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets he signed - even for one of the league's richest teams.
So what once would have been an easy answer now creates so many questions.