The Houston Rockets plan to have a busy offseason for the third consecutive year.
In 2012, the team added former Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden and topped that move last year by signing former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. The Rockets hope to add anoter player like that and will be after both New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony and Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
However, to make any kind of move, the Rockets are going to have to dump salary and will have to move both center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors assesses the market for Lin.
That’s the $64,000 question for Houston. It’s tough to convince a team to shell out about $15MM in real money and an approximately $8.4MM cap hit for a backup point guard, especially if you wouldn’t want to take any salary in return, as the Rockets wouldn’t if they were trying to trade Lin to create cap flexibility. Lin will be on an expiring contract next season, but expirings don’t have as much value as they used to. I think unloading Lin’s deal will prove the stumbling block to Houston’s lofty aspirations this summer. But I say that with the caveat that Daryl Morey is as cagey as they come and probably has more than a few tricks up his sleeve.
Lin averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 44.6% from the field, 35.8% from beyond the arc and 82.3% from the free throw line in 71 games.