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Report: Sixers, Bucks likely landing spots for Jeremy Lin if Rockets pull trigger

Jul 5, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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Whether it is Carmelo Anthony (not very likely) or Chris Bosh (still not likely) or Pau Gasol or Luol Deng or anyone else of note, the Houston Rockets need to clear out more cap space to make the signing.

Having already moved Omer Asik, next up was trying to find a home for Jeremy Lin, finding a team where the Rockets can ship him and get no salary back (just picks or a player who can be waived).

That appears to be the Philadelphia 76ers. Or maybe the Bucks. That according to Marc Stein at ESPN.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Sixers, who have ample room on their payroll to absorb Lin’s contract, have emerged as a leading contender to take on Lin in a trade that sends no salary back to the Rockets, which would enable the Rockets to extend a rich offer in free agency to either Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh.

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.

Why would the Sixers do this? A future first round pick. They are rebuilding and GM Sam Hinkie is a pick hoarder. They get a backup point for a year (who they can use as a trade asset down the line) but mostly it’s about the pick.

Just something to watch. First, the Rockets need to land that star free agent to need the space. There has been a lot of flirting at the bar that is very different from going home with someone.

  1. Hard On For Harden - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Still waiting for you to cite where you saw Parsons would have headed to Toronto in a Lowry sign and trade. Where’s the accountability.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      “sources”

      it was “sources”

      ha

      • JHathwell - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Nope. It was sources’ cousin, “”report”.

        he’s the biggest contributor to this site now.

    • Observer157 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Horrible article for Helin here. How about a 25 year old with a lot of potential hampered in a toxic Rockets team that jerked him around for 2 years. Made him sit in the 3pt corner as a spot up shooter and barely ran pick and roll for him next to a massive ballhog. 3pt% improving every year, TO avg going down every year, top5 in the league in FG% at the rim and in pick and roll. Also very underrated as a defender.
      This is more stupid Rockets propaganda that the pick is the only reason they make the move.

      .

    • twinfan24 - Jul 6, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Not that there aren’t erroneous things on this site, but if you seriously think every rumor this time of year has to turn into something, you are deluded.

  2. cantonb0und13 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Josh Gordon though

  3. csbanter - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    The Rockets are going to have to take back a contrac to get of Lin. The Bucks and Sixers are not going to give them just a draft pick. Maybe the Bucks can rid themselves of OJ Mayo. Lin would benefit by learning from Kidd.

    • Hard On For Harden - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Can you read? They’d obviously be sending a future first with Lin in the salary dump.

    • rohlo - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      the rockets arent lookign for a pick i nreturn..do you know how to read??? the rockets would be sendign a pick with lin to either team and get a player in return that they could just waive..rockets dont want any salary in return.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Did you even read the article?

  4. luz56 - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Media and accountability???? Un named sources ….. BS!!!

  5. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    To the bucks? I hope not. Lin and Brandon in the back court? And all that salary too? Unless Ason is the best teacher of one-on-one D, this is NOT a roster upgrade.

  6. JMClarkent - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Felton or Harris starting at the 1? Dallas had better either make a move or pray that Gal Mekel wakes up as Steve Nash.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      Dallas could probably get the real Steve Nash, if they wanted.

  7. JMClarkent - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Felton or Harris starting at the 1? Dallas had better either make a move or pray that Gal Mekel wakes up as Steve Nash.

  8. JMClarkent - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Wow… I have no idea how the heck I double posted in the wrong section… A few too many basketballs to the brain!

  9. milkcan44 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Many Bucks fans would welcome a Jason Kidd for Jeremy Lin trade.

  10. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Don’t get me wrong, I like Jeremy Lin…as a person haha, but back when Houston signed Jeremy Lin to the ridiculous contract that they did, the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that his marketability amongst Asian fans was the biggest contributing factor toward him receiving the amount of money that he did. Houston already had that Asian fan base in place from the Yao Ming era and they thought Lin could come in and take that spot. I had his picture in my mind of Lin’s agent sitting across the table from Houston’s front office and saying: “Just think of the ticket sales, the jersey sales, just think of how much money this franchise could make by tapping back into the Asian basketball market…”

    I don’t think there’s been a player in the history of the NBA whose value hinged more upon his marketability than his actual ability to play the game of basketball…quite like Jeremy Lin.

  11. watermelon1 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Why is Bosh to Houston very unlikely again?

    Sounds like he definitely wants out of the Miami headache, and Houston seems like an obviously good fit for a team that is pretty talented and should contend for the west.

  12. fm31970 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    “Sources say that the Milwaukee Bucks are another team that would consider trading for Lin if the Rockets add a sweetener or two”

    #1 sweetener better be named Chandler Parsons, or no thanks for the Bucks. Lin would be a slight upgrade at the point for the Bucks, so not the worst move for a year.

    • sumkat - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      They won’t get Parsons to eat that contract. Why would the Rockets do that? The Sixers will eat the contract (then buy him out immediately) just for the future first

  13. zinger92 - Jul 5, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Sixers would be stupid not to trade for him. He’d be our starting 2 guard (because we don’t have one) and we can re-sign him to be our solid 6th man/backup PG for the future and he’ll grow with the youngest team in the league. Philly would love this guy, and also the overseas jersey sales!

    • sumkat - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Why? To play backup to MCW, who we want on the floor playing and learning as much as possible? Neither of them have the skill set to play the 2, and if you haven’t heard, the sixers are in tank mode again. Do you think they are gonna play marginal plays (like Hawes and Turner last year) who aren’t good enough to win anything that matter, but will win you a few extra games? How did that work out for them last year?

      I do like the trade, but only because anything they can do to add future firsts is good right now. If they can do it, then buy out Lin, that is a perfect scenario. I’m sure after the big time FA domino’s fall, Hinkie is back on the phone trying to move Thad to add another future first to the mix

      • zinger92 - Jul 6, 2014 at 2:28 AM

        Buying out the contract didn’t even cross my mind. I still think they will need much more than a Lin to take them out of tank mode though.

      • sumkat - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:13 AM

        Of course he’s not good enough to take us out of tank mode. But he does have the skill to take over a few games for stretches, and have them finish with 20-22 wins instead of 16-18

  14. imakcds - Jul 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    When Houston first signed Lin, I noted what a hugh contract for a BACKUP PG, and that it would come back and bite them.
    anyone with ANY basketball knowledge KNEW that’s all Lin is, a backup. a very good backup, but definitely NOT a starter.
    But I got thumbed off everywhere I posted it.
    I hope the Rockets CAN’T move him, because of the stupidity Houston showed, both the team and its fans.

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