The Houston Rockets are trying to become a force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference and one of the ways they might try to do that is addition by subtraction. We all know about the Omer Asik trade rumors but he’s not the only overpaid Rockets player that Houston is trying to dump. According to Alan Hahn on ESPN Radio, several NBA general managers believe that if the Rockets can find a suitor and a deal, they’ll move point guard Jeremy Lin.
It seems like ages ago that Lin-sanity dominated the NBA and looked to be the next big thing. Heck, even the Harvard basketball team got recognition thanks to Lin’s popularity in New York, but all of that has died down significantly and Lin is yet another example of the new NBA CBA not really meaning anything to owners willing to hand out awful contracts and mismanage their money.
Lin was signed to an obscene offer sheet back in the 2012 offseason, one which Houston made so high that the cash strapped New York Knicks would never be able to match. But Lin hasn’t brought the Lin-sanity to Houston and the Rockets are looking to move him.
It should come as no surprise to no one that the Rockets, a year removed from handing them bad contracts, are looking move both Lin and Asik. The poison pill year in Asik’s contract that pried him away from the Chicago Bulls is now something working against the Rockets in trade talks. Lin seems like he’d be able to move to a team looking for a point guard and the Rockets plan looks to be moving Asik and Lin’s contract, taking on an expiring one and then offering a max deal in the offseason to someone.
Given Houston’s blunders with Asik and Lin, the max deal will probably go to the wrong person.