This past week has been filled with plenty of trade rumors throughout the NBA with Omer Asik being the biggest name talked about, but he wasn’t the only Houston Rockets player to be mentioned in trade talks. Jeremy Lin was rumored to be being shopped for the right price and the right team and according to ESPN New York reporter Ohm Youngmisuk, the Rockets had preliminary talks with the Brooklyn Nets about swapping Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin for Deron Williams.
Youngmisuk states that talks really didn’t go anywhere but the indeed took place following the Nets losing big man Brook Lopez for the entire season with a broken foot. There’s really two sides to this story as the Rockets have made it no secret that they want to trade Asik and are clearly shopping Jeremy Lin as well.
Brooklyn apparently never took the trade talks seriously, because even they could see the swap was ridiculous. But the ice of trading a big offseason acquisition or even Deron Williams in the wake of Lopez’s injury is something Youngmisuk says Brooklyn should consider. With no draft picks, no future and little hope this year, the Nets need to do something, but giving up on this experiment this early on in the process isn’t something that is being considered.
Houston will likely remain active in the trade market with Asik and Lin being dangled on a string to the other teams in the NBA. Both will likely be moved before the deadline but their monster contracts will make things very hard to do that.