After the Houston Rockets decided to let forward Chandler Parsons become a restricted free agent, their plans for the future became clear.
The Rockets will attempt to clear cap room, sign or trade for a star like New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony or Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love, then go over the cap to re-sign Parsons. To do that, they will have to trade both point guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik. The Rockets are confident they can get a deal done, but know it won’t be easy.
If the Lakers can’t trade up like they reportedly desire, maybe taking on salary that they can later trade (maybe in a deal for Love, a native of Santa Monica, Califronia) and possibly grab an extra pick without giving up their pick. It could be the next best thing to moving up in the draft.
Jabari Davis discusses the possibility of the Lakers making that move.
Regarding that Lin/Asik scenario, I think you were asking about the Lakers also adding the 7th pick in the deal which I absolutely do not see happening. If anything, they could look to purchase additional picks at the end of the 1st round. For the record, Lin/Asik would be a nice package to pick up if they were able to do it without touching that lottery pick. Although neither are All Star players, each can effectively serve as starters and are expiring contracts at the end of the year.
Asik was a poor fit next to Dwight Howard because the duo could not create enough space, averaged 5.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in 48 games last season. Lin went for 12.5 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in 71 games.