While NBA teams are focused on free agency, they also seem to be keeping an open mind to trades that would help them shed salary and make max moves on players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.
One team looking to free up a max contract slot on their roster is the Houston Rockets, and the way they plan on doing that is trading Jeremy Lin. Houston needed to trade Omer Asik as well to make cap space and that’s already been done, leaving just Lin to move.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Philadelphia 76ers have shown an interest in trading for Jeremy Lin, thus freeing the Houston Rockets from his salary cap figure.
The Philadelphia 76ers have expressed a willingness to trade for Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin depending on what sort of assets Houston is willing to attach to the deal, according to sources close to the process.
There’s more too, as it’s not just the 76ers interested in trading for Lin. Stein also reports that the Milwaukee Bucks are another team looking at the possibility of acquiring Lin from Houston.
Sources say that the Milwaukee Bucks are another team that would consider trading for Lin if the Rockets add a sweetener or two to the deal for the privilege of shedding Lin’s contract to a team that can comfortably absorb it.
Milwaukee is an interesting landing spot for Lin as they didn’t take a guard in the draft and could use Lin as their starter of the future. All of these moving pieces depend on if Houston can get a player to commit to a max deal as without that commitment, there’s no reason Houston will trade Lin away.