Lin, Woodson futures head Knicks' offseason list

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GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Mike Woodson wants to return and he wants Jeremy Lin back with him.

What he won't say is whether Lin would be his starting point guard next season.

The New York Knicks began their offseason Thursday, believing they aren't far from contending status despite winning only one playoff game after getting swept last year.

Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire reaffirmed their confidence in their partnership, especially with Tyson Chandler in the middle of them. But New York has plenty of questions, beginning with the future of its coach and point guard.

Both are expected to return, but Lin knows there's a chance he won't as he heads to free agency. Woodson said Lin would "absolutely" be back but said that "only time will tell" if he would start.