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Report: When Rockets need to move Jeremy Lin, it may not be to Sixers

Jul 10, 2014, 8:00 AM EST

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If the Houston Rockets are going to offer a max extension to Chris Bosh or match the $15 million a year offer sheet to Chandler Parsons, the Rockets really need to clear out cap space. That starts with trading Jeremy Lin and getting no money back (just picks). It is something the Rockets may need to do fast in the next three days (how long they have to match the Parsons’ offer sheet).

It has been reported the Rockets have a deal in place with the Sixers to take Lin (with an additional pick as a sweetner). It makes sense, Philadelphia has cap space to make the deal work.

But that may not be the case, reports Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com.

However, an NBA source said the Sixers “remain an option [for Houston], but their cap space may prove too expensive.” The source also said they believe the Rockets have other options when it comes to moving Lin…

“We are active in conversations with a lot of teams and a lot of agents,” (Sixers GM Sam) Hinkie said. “Sometimes that leads to transactions and sometimes it doesn’t. It will be interesting to see how the next few days play out.”

Rockets GM Daryl Morey likely does have contingencies in place, we noted that the Bucks could be one such place.

But the Sixers were and remain the most logical landing spot and Hinkie is basically a draft pick hoarder and that is the sweetener the Rockets are offering. This is likely just a bit of posturing.

The question is when this deal might happen, the Rockets could be in a hurry in the next couple days.

  1. saint1997 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Gotta love this time of year. Is it just me or does it seem if all the FA moves being suggested here occur, there will be a lot more parity in the league? Cavs, Mavs and Houston all could become a lot better, as can teams like Atlanta and New York. Fascinating!

    • phillycannon - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Atlanta and New York being better……please!!! *side eye*

      • nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        I wish he would come back to NY and they would allow him the other young legs to run and gun!

      • imakcds - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Lin would learn the Triangle, no doubt there. the rest of the team is in for a shock.

  2. John X - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    A pick from Houston is a low pick. That may be the problem.

    • liamj55 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Than give the sixers the Pelicans pick they have. I bet Hinkie is trying to squeeze harder now that Parsons signed that offer sheet.

      • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        That pick is protected so I think it’s a low pick also….doesn’t matter

  3. mungman69 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Houston’s first round pick will probably be in the high 20s and New Orleans pick is protected. Would Hinkie go for both?

  4. csbanter - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Too bad San Antonio is not a viable option. Lin is a good player who deserve to play for a better organization than Houston.

    • blue18hutthutt - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      I agree – look what Pop was able to do for Patty Mills plus Lin would easily fit the culture of that team being a team-first type of guy

    • cmehustle - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Yea, cuz San Antonio could really use him.

  5. rrhoe - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Kudos to the Sixers for not being stupid enough to bail Houston out of a bad contract like NO and surrender a draft pick in the process.

    • psubeerman21 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      Who said anything about the sixers giving up anything? Other than a junk 2nd round pick?

  6. floreskins - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    When push comes to shove, HOU will surrender the better pick. Hinkie isn’t a fool. He knows HOU is in a bind and will end up squeezing out that NO pick. Love what Hinkie is doing.

  7. elcapitan1019 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    I love it. Morey thinks he’s smarter than everyone, and he’s backed himself into a corner, not anticipating that Parsons would get a max offer. Karma can really be a byatch, eh, Mr. Genius?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Hey youse pays your money youse takes your chances. Not a houston fan but he stole lin and asik without prior knowledge he could get guys like howard and harden. Free agents don’t seem to flock to houston. So he got harden and dwight and lin and asik are very nice young players with upside and now a move might backfire with parsons so you win some and lose some. He couldn’t predict that teams would give out stupid offers to guys like haywood and channing frye and push up salaries to average to alittle above average players.

  8. Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    This post is not entirely accurate. While Morey would need to move Lin if he harbors any hopes of landing Bosh, he does not need cap space to re-sign Parsons, as holding Parsons’ Bird Rights allows Houston to exceed the cap to re-sign him. In fact, if it turns out Houston doesn’t need the cap space, I wouldn’t deal Lin at all, and certainly wouldn’t throw in a sweetener on the deal. Even if Lin doesn’t start he’s not a worthless player, and having him on the team makes Houston better than if they gave him away for nothing.

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      Here’s the problem: The Asik deal is unraveling and it’s not done. The problem is NO’s cap space. They overestimated what it would be and are now over the cap, so they would require the Rockets take a player back to make it work.

  9. Hard On For Harden - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Oh no, accounting for that $200K gap is going to be REALLY difficult!

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