UPDATE: Rockets, Lakers Finalizing Lin Trade

By: 07.11.14  •  9 Comments
Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin (Kirby Lee, USATODAY Sports)

The Houston Rockets have some work to do before they can sign Chris Bosh. Daryl Morey and company don’t have the requisite cap space to sign Bosh outright unless they move the salaries of Jeremy Lin and other players. Though it was previously reported that Lin would be headed to the Philadelphia 76ers to make room for Bosh, ESPN’s Marc Stein says that Houston has engaged the Los Angeles Lakers in trade discussions for the Asian-American star.

UPDATE: A deal between the Rockets and Lakers for Lin seems imminent.


This development doesn’t mean the deal between the Rockets and Sixers is off the table, but certainly casts doubt on the assumption that it’s imminent. As Stein notes, though, Lin makes more sense as a basketball piece for the Lakers. Philly has no incentive to win right now, and Los Angeles wants to remain competitive in Kobe Bryant’s twilight while not sacrificing flexibility on the free agent market next summer.

Perhaps this is an instance of Morey trying to put a player he signed in the best situation possible, or maybe the Lakers aren’t demanding a first-round pick from Houston like the Sixers supposedly are. It could be both plus a combination of other factors – there’s no telling at this point. Either way, that LA has emerged as a potential landing spot for Lin is intriguing from multiple perspectives.

Would Lin look good in a Lakers uniform?

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