Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) following the end of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Rumors: Jeremy Lin trade still pending, waiting on Chris Bosh

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The Houston Rockets are all-in on their pursuit of Chris Bosh as the team has advanced past the flirting stage and are now in a full-on courtship of the Miami Heat star. On Monday the Rockets formally offered Bosh a 4-year, $96 million max contract and they’re sticking to their pursuit of him as the week continues on.

Houston is so ready to use a max salary roster slot that they have a trade lined up that would deal Jeremy Lin to another team, but this deal hasn’t happened yet even after offering Bosh a max deal. We’ve known about the proposed Lin trade for a few weeks now but Houston will not pull the trigger on a deal until they get a 100 percent commitment on a max contract from a free agent.

So far, Bosh hasn’t given them that and Houston sees no reason to trade Lin until he does — even fans in Houston will vehemently disagree with keeping Lin.

It also isn’t known exactly who agreed to acquire Lin and what else that deal includes but getting Bosh would put less of a need on other smaller pawns that the Rockets have on the board. It’s not a done deal yet but the Rockets have everything lined up and are just waiting to put this plan of signing Bosh and trading Lin into action.

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  • wokdwok

    Any true JLin fan will want a trade to happen, regardless of Bosh or no Bosh, just Free Lin!

    • KA

      Why, Lin is what he is, a scoring combo guard. Lin fans act like he’s better than Harden. Harden has the best efficiency rating in the league amongst shooting guards (no one else is close). He and Lebron James are the only players in the NBA to average 25 its, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Lin is a good scorer, and an ideal sixth man type. Lin fans have some serious goggles and believe he is better than Harden and his inconsistent play is a result of Harden, but his numbers in NY weren’t great if you take out the first six games he started. Even with those games he averaged 14.6 pts for the season with the Knicks. Lin is a good player, not great, and if you asked him who the best player on the rockets is he’d tell you Harden in a blink. I guess Lin fans feel they know more about basketball than Lin too. I like Jeremy’s game, he’s just not consistent, or a true point guard, and makes mistakes as frustrating to watch on the offensive end as Harden watching the ball and losing his man on the defensive end.

      • Aaron Sanford

        Well said! Good luck to Lin! I like him as a person but the Rockets and Lin are far better off parting ways. No hard feelings. I hope Lin lights up score boards where ever he ends up!

      • wokdwok

        Lin Only Fan here, could care less about egocentric ball hog, mr. No defense Harden. Only want the best for JLin.

        • KA

          You’ve obviously never played, coaches put the ball in their best offensive players hands, he’s a “ball hog” by design.

          • micah

            then, you don’t know basketball.
            It’s a FXXKing Team sport!

          • KA

            I’d wager I know just a bit more than you, I played for most of my life, most of my family are basketball coaches, including my father and brother. It is a team sport, Harden is the guy they rely on most because he’s their best player. If Spoelstra relied on Chalmers most he’d be fired. My point is you put the ball in the hands of the player who is best at creating offense most, especially when you don’t get a good look in the flow of the offense. Watch it from every level jr high and up. I guess you didn’t watch Shabazz Napier be a “ball hog” on his way to a national championship.

          • micah

            Hi KA, thanks being patient to me. Sorry for my bad language.
            you look at Spurs, obviously they put ball on Tony, on Duncan, even the MVP was a less “famous” KL. Basketball is more than just offensive and one person. same for football. that’s why it’s fun. we learn how to help out each other.
            I understand you would put the ball on someone who is good, but doesn’t mean you don’t run play and let him do whatever he wants.
            I guess your definition of “Ball Hog”, is far from like James Harden.
            you look at MJ and Scottie, they played set play. but why ball rested on MJ most of the times, because he had the best chance to score. Doesn’t mean he could just play one on one all the time.
            and, if you noticed, most of the time (I don’t have a figure) MJ only held ball for 2-3 seconds. several dribbles and he would shoot or pass. Unless it’s the final possession.
            I watched quite some games of JH, brother, he is definitely in a WIP mode. still much to improve particularly his defense. A complete liability of the defensive end. If I was the coach of the otherside, I would definitely praise James Harden in Public, and run set play again him. his opponent who he was guarding normally played like superstar level. Ariza scored like 30 or 40 pts again him.
            Ariza had not been even scoring over 15ps consistently for quite sometimes.
            I sincerely think JH is overrated.

          • KA

            No worries, Harden can play good defense, but he has terrible habits. He is the worst ball watcher in the NBA. Good fundamental defense requires use of peripheral vision, always seeing the ball and your man, and staying between the two unless helping on a defensive breakdown. Harden turns his head very often when his man doesn’t have the ball. Any player with even a below average basketball IQ is cutting backdoor as soon as they see him turn his head. This is a habit, probably formed while young, and will take hours of daily work to break, if he puts in the effort. That is the second flaw in his defense, lack of focus and effort. He doesn’t always move his feet, and plays the old ole reach defense. He has the physical tools to play good defense, which is why he’s so frustrating to watch. He is offensively a great player, great scorer, passer, penetrator, and finisher, with above average vision on offense. That again is why its frustrating to watch him turn his head on defense, because he exercises use of peripheral vision on offense, not on defense(jr high errors). Lin’s biggest jr high error is killing his dribble and leaving his feet, not to shoot, which is a huge no no for point guards. This also one of the reasons I consider him a combo guard not a pure point guard (as attacking the rim and scoring are what he does best). Just bad habits that can be fixed, but the only way to replace a bad habit is to form a stronger good habit, which takes a lot of work. The Rockets can go deep with Harden’s bad habit, but likely won’t make it out of the west unless he puts in the time to form good defensive habits. I watched the bulls quite a bit in the 80′s and 90′s, and they did run quite a lot of iso for MJ, and yes he’d hold the ball for quite longer than 2-3 seconds, but always had at least one cold blooded shooter(Craig Hodges, John Paxson, B.J. Armstrong, Steve Kerr) to pass to after he drew help or he’d just score on you. MJ was also an elite defender, but never fouled out once he became a superstar, he got away with more dirt than most(see offensive foul in the last NBA championship winning shot he hit against the Jazz). Still comparing Harden to the greatest ever, not really a level where Harden can reach, even maximizing his potential on both ends of the floor. Lin is 25, Harden is 24, they can both grow still, but Harden’s ceiling is much higher than that of Lin’s. Harden is already first team all NBA, I can see Lin getting a sixth man of the year if he finds the right situation and can become a consistent shooter. That Wizards game, Ariza was unconscious, he did up everyone who tried to hold him.

          • micah

            man, I agree what you said.
            though I think defense is more important than offense.
            nice chatting with you on the web.

          • Cha Vue

            ka … not despecting but have u or ur family member win any tournament or win any champion by been ball hog? u make it seems like u know it all…. please… u sound like u are a dumb hard head player.

          • KA

            Sarcasm doesn’t come across well, thats why I said “ball hog.” Coaches always design offenses so the best player on the floor is a “ball hog.” You’d be an idiot not to do so and be fired. Yes, you see college teams win with a “ball hog.” Carmelo at syracuse, Kemba at uconn, in high school it is more prevalent.

      • jcsantos

        Only Harden just needed to hog 80% of Rockets possessions to be able to get stats that even compare to Lebron and most others, and Lebron SHARES the ball.

        Also nice that you conveniently tried to make as if Lin didn’t do so great in NY by including games where MELO already came back from injury and himself hogged the possessions. At the very least, Melo didn’t hog until 1-3 seconds left until he bail out passes to Lin or anyone else.

        • KA

          Nice try making up numbers, Harden’s usage rate was 26.8 %, behind Blake Griffin, John Wall, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, LaMarcus Aldridge, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, and Russell Westbrook. Funny how with LeBron’s higher usage rate, he average a whopping 0.3 more assists per 36 minutes than Harden. Try again.

          • jcsantos

            Usage rate which has FGA as numerator and minutes as denominator, BOTH of which he is maxed at? What a fair stat to use, eh?

            Just show total FGA per game and minutes per game separately, PERIOD.

          • KA

            usage rate def: “A metric that estimates the percentage of his team’s possessions a player “uses” while he is in the game. As players “use” more possessions, their overall efficiency tends to drop.” How’s that again that Lebron is so much better at sharing with a higher usage rate than Harden and only 0.3 more assists per 36 minutes again? With Harden’s usage rate being as high as it is, it is also impressive that he is the most efficient 2 guard in the NBA. You misunderstand what the rate calculates. It is a very fair stat, otherwise GM’s wouldn’t pay attention. It essentially estimates relatively accurately the percentage of the teams possessions that end with a shot by the player, free throws drawn, and turnovers. Here is the formula: 100 * ((FGA + 0.44 * FTA + TOV) * (Tm MP / 5)) / (MP * (Tm FGA + 0.44 * Tm FTA + Tm TOV)). Usage percentage is an estimate of the percentage of team plays used by a player while he was on the floor.

  • Ray B

    Why won’t Houston just trade him and get off the team if they feel he sucks so bad? I can’t wait until he is traded and he becomes an all-star. While Houston won’t be winning anything.

    • KA

      He doesn’t suck, just not an all star, the only way he’d ever make it is through fan voting, line his numbers up against other players. His best season average was 19.6, like Aaron Brooks (19.6 was his high and through 82 games, not a 36 game stint). Houston will win over 50 games again next year too, keep dreaming with that.

      • micah

        KA, I agree!
        JL is underrated, but also overrated by his fans way way way too much.

  • Ray B

    I don’t even believe harden is great. He is only a great one dimensional scorer. Who does he make better? Exactly….NOBODY. Lin made Tyson Chandler and Novak play at an all-star level. When Lin isn’t playing with jealous ball hogs (harden and Anthony) he averages over 22 points and 7 assist. FACT.

    • KA

      That was with a 10 game sample size, he has proven not to be consistent enough to keep that up. He was shooting over 50% from the field in that tear, FACT, his percentage balanced out to 44.2% for his career (44.6% that season). He’s not bad, just not an All Star, and I can’t wait to hear the excuses on who is holding him back at his next stop. Novak wasn’t playing at an all star level (he averaged 8.8 pts the year Lin was in NY), he was hitting open shots, which is what he does. Harden does set people up, you must close your eyes when Harden does anything well. Why is it Lin fans blame Harden for Lin’s shortcomings and inconsistency? I guess there aren’t any great shooting guards in the league, because Harden is definitely the best 2 in the league. Harden is not a one dimensional scorer, if he was, he wouldn’t draw the oppositions best perimeter defender every night.

      • micah

        offense-wise, JH is definitely much better!
        Defense, I think JL is actually underrated.
        but one thing I’m sure, JH is DEFINITELY not the best among all nba SGs. he is not even playing like a SG in a way.
        but again, you cant be great on one side, and a liability on the other side.
        KA, your comments have been very consistent on only Offense.
        I guess you don’t play, don’t care defense.
        I guess you also think Tim Duncan is a pretty bad player as his stats has been pretty bad even since his draft comparing to LeBron and James.
        Don’t just look at the stat sheet.

  • micah

    For JLIN fans, please, don’t make JLIN like a he is a super star.
    He is FAR from that!
    Comments saying he is great are actually embarrassing to see.
    Put yourself in Lin’s shoes, you know you are not that good (compare to all the great players, nash, kidd, or chris paul, rando, or even James Harden), just humble and response kindly.
    Let Lin response by his action, by his performance on the court.
    Please, again, stop saying JLIN is “GOD” when he is given the chance.
    people earn the chance, not being given.
    if he is really that great, McFail and his teammates would willing to rely on him in crucial times.
    Lin is good, not great yet!
    please be reasonable!