The Houston Rockets have made getting a third star a priority. They were able to land guard James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder and signed him to a max extension in 2012. Then, last season they signed former Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers’ center Dwight Howard away from the Lakers as a free agent. This year, the Rockets set their sights on Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony. James never seemed very interested but Anthony visited the Rockets (along with the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers), but they don’t appear to be in the mix.
The Rockets have turned their attention to Texas native and current Miami Hear free agent big man Chris Bosh. The Rockets courted Bosh in 2010, but he, of course, teamed up with James and guard Dwyane Wade in Miami. Bosh’s preference is to remain with the Heat and play with James, but if James signs with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as many expect, Bosh will likely jump at the Rockets’ offer.
In order to afford Bosh, the Rockets have to get rid of center Omer Asik and point guard Jeremy Lin. They have already agreed to send Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans and now it looks like they have a deal in place for Lin as well.
According to Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers, citing a source, the 76ers and Rockets have agreed in principle to a trade that would send Lin to Philadelphia provided the Rockets sign a max player, presumably Bosh. According to the report, the 76ers would also get at least one first round pick in the deal and there will likely be a third piece in the trade.
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.