The Houston Rockets are going to attempt to make a big splash for the third consecutive offseason.
In 2012, they dealt for former Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden after the Thunder did not want to give Harden a max extension. In 2013, they signed former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. Now, they will be focusing on the likes of Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.
To do, they will have to trade both center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin.
However, Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors expects Lin to remain with the Rockets next season.
Well, they reportedly already have deals lined up for both of them, but I sense a bluff on the part of Rockets GM Daryl Morey, who would no doubt like to convince the Knicks and Heat that they need to participate in sign-and-trades for ‘Melo and LeBron, respectively. The thinking would be if the Rockets are all ready to clear those contracts and have room to sign ‘Melo and LeBron outright, New York and Miami had better cooperate in a S-&-T or they’ll be left with nothing. But my money is on Lin, at least, remaining in Houston for next season. Asik — and this is just a guess — ends up in Boston next season.
Lin went for 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 charity stripe in 71 games last season.