The Philadelphia 76ers appear okay with the idea of adding salary this offseason as not only have they been linked to a trade involving Amare Stoudamire of the New York Knicks (and his $23 million dollar salary) but they’ve also been rumored to have trade interest in Houston Rockets point guard, Jeremy Lin.
Speculation has suggested that the two sides have spoken about a deal in recent days and according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia 76ers are willing to help the Houston Rockets out and trade for Jeremy Lin. However, they want more assets than being offered to do so.
The Rockets want to unload Lin’s salary to have enough money to pursue free agents Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh. The Sixers want a future first-round pick from the Rockets for taking Lin’s salary off their hands, the reports say.
A first-round pick from the Rockets isn’t exactly the most elite of assets considering it’s likely to be no higher than the early 20′s at minimum, though it’s a fair price for also taking on Lin’s salary which does expire at the end of this season.
It’s been said that the Houston Rockets already have prospective deals lined up for Jeremy Lin in case they need to trade him (something they’d need to do if they were to sign Chris Bosh), but it’s not known if there are other potential deals outside of the alleged trade talks with the 76ers.
It does not appear that a trade between the two teams is imminent.