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Deal set: Lakers trade for Jeremy Lin, which for L.A. is largely about draft pick (as is Gasol for Boozer idea)

Jul 11, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT

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The Lakers are rebuilding. They don’t want to sell it as that because they are the Lakers, yet in reality what they will really sell the next couple of years is Kobe Bryant and the hope of landing a big star. But make no mistake, they are rebuilding. Carmelo Anthony is not coming to skip over steps in the process, not after the moves the Lakers have made.

What it takes to rebuild is draft picks — and the Lakers are woefully lacking in that category, having sent picks out in deals to get veterans such as Steve Nash. So the moves the Lakers are making now are more about the picks and the future than they are the pieces com in

With that, the Lakers agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets to trade for Jeremy Lin and a future pick. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has the details.

The Rockets will send a 2015 first-round pick, and other draft considerations to the Lakers to unload the final year of Lin’s $14 million expiring contract that includes a salary cap hit of $8.3 million based on the deal’s structure.

The Lakers will send cash and the rights to an overseas player, sources said.

For the Rockets, this is one of a number of trades and steps for them to sign Chris Bosh to a max or near max deal. That is moving forward rapidly (which the Rockets are pushing so they can match Chandler Parsons).

Lin, with his Taiwanese ancestry and still incredible popularity, makes for good marketing for the Lakers for a year. With Lakers fans always voting for Lakers, don’t be shocked if Lin is an All-Star starter next year once the fans have voted.

But what the Lakers really need is the 2015 pick.

Which is why the Lakers might engage in some sign-and-trade talk with the Chicago Bulls about Pau Gasol for Carlos Boozer, reports Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

It’s not about Boozer, but if Gasol is gone anyway (and he likely is without Anthony in Los Angeles) the Lakers might as well get something to help the rebuilding along as part of the process.

  1. Hard On For Harden - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    There’s also another deal sending Alonzo Gee from Cleveland to New Orleans which will allow the Asik trade to process. They’ll renounce everyone but Beverly, sign Bosh and match Parsons offer sheet, then apply the Pat Riley 2010-2014 model to fill out the roster with minimum vets, possibly headed up by Jameer Nelson.

    You all continue to mock Morey and he answers by putting you in your rightful place.

    • spursareold - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Morey makes some of the sweetest deals around…and the Rox are still first round fodder in the WC.

    • JHathwell - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      I don’t think Ive seen Morey mocked anywhere. Ever.

      • Hard On For Harden - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Here, on the regular. Stuff about karma for poison pills, not being as smart as he thinks, being a “Moreyon”. I don’t have time to go searching through all if it, but it’s always there.

      • Hard On For Harden - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        “NO needs to do whatever they can to kill/alter this trade,at least try and get their draft pick back for helping Houston dump salary. Even the Lakers/Sixers/Bucks had the common sense to want a draft pick attached to their deals,their GM is an idiot”

        Wow, that didn’t take long.

      • JHathwell - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        Um, that’s praise for Morey.

    • rrhoe - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      And they still won’t make it out of the west…..

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Morey’s the ultimate boss hogg if he can manage to sign Bosh AND retain Parsons. Props.

    • bdachan12 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      LOL Bosh is going back to Miami. Hou will lose Asik and Lin and pay Parsons $15m for a worse team then last year.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      Nice work.

    • elcapitan1019 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Too bad your scenario didn’t work out. LOL. Now, your genius GM ends up without his two most valuable reserves, and didn’t get Bosh. Now, he also gets to, at the very best, pay Parsons the max, 3 / $46 million instead of paying him a little under a million and negotiating an extension by Oct. 1. He ends up only getting a #1 draft pick for Asik, and has to pay that and some to get rid of Lin. These are two players he coveted so much and he thought he was so clever he backloaded their contracts, then ends up netting NOTHING to be rid of them.

      Mocking him? I don’t have to. All I have to do is state the facts.

  2. bdachan12 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Its not what Laker fans want to hear but getting 2 picks and having Lin, Kobe, Randle, Boozer is a better team then last year.

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      Swaggy P is still available too.

    • musician0785 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      I’m a Laker fan who agrees, why wouldn’t they want to hear that?

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Yeah, what musician said! Why would we NOT want this to happen!?? This is a perfect scenario. Keeps us sonewhat competitive now and all the money comes off the books next season with a couple if not more draft picks, two of which for sure would be in the 1st round (mid-late, but still 1st round).

      Les doit Mitchy Slick!!!!!!!!

  3. zackd2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Yay 25th pick in the 2015 draft, game changer!

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      better than no pick

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

        Celtics have the most, best picks in the near future.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Good for them… do they want a cookie?

  4. loungefly74 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    well, ya gotta start somewhere. fingers crossed to land a couple big FA in 2016!

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      I’m so stoked for next year and the year after that it’s not even funny!! God I love being a Laker!!

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        More like you love living in the best weather in the world.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        That too! Both.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        It’s all fun and games till the big one comes and half of it falls into the Pacific

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        I’ll take my chances. While big natural disasters happen everywhere, especially in the east coast, if I never turned on the TV, read the paper, read online, or talked to anyone, I would NEVER know anything was happening. Life is perfect here in So Cal. I’m so lucky.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        thats right, Malt. it’s good to be a Laker!

  5. lakerade - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Curious as to the details of other draft considerations coming the Lakers’ way. And still seems barely worth it, especially rushing to help Houston keep Parsons. Still, better than the burden of Melo. Go Lakers!

  6. psubeerman21 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Congrats to the Lakers! They get a marginal starter, a draft pick probably in the mid 20’s, and give a conference opponent the means to be much better than them for years to come. Smart thinking.

    • dyn0myte - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      If Jim Buss was involved in any aspect of the decision-making,
      “Smart thinking” had left the building.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Teams have been bending over backwards to help LA for a while, it’s time for LA to give back.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        They gave Dwight Howard back.

      • bkbell3 - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        chris paul to. lol

  7. naterich21 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    The Lakers are prepping for that 9th seed

  8. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    “don’t be shocked if Lin is an All-Star starter next year once the fans have voted.”

    I couldn’t think of a better reason to take the vote out of fans’ hands.
    Never has there been such hooplah over such a mediocre player.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      I sort of know about 1 billion Chinese people who would disagree.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        I want a complete list of names, addresses, and phone numbers. You have 48 hours.

  9. maddenwizkid - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Wasn’t lin putting up triple doubles and such (in ny)? People saying he is mediocre, what level are you on? This is good for lakers. Who do u think will play more or better lin or nash I’m goin lin thank u. People are critical of every laker transaction, why? Would u like some cheese with that….?

    • shaggymcruff - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      It was a spurt of adrenaLIN that caught teams off guard. He hasn’t even come close to matching his side show antics in NY and never will again. He’s an average player at best. He will be lucky to get 8ppg in LA

  10. omeimontis - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Latest news is that Chris Bosh is staying with the Heat. So Houston won’t get Bosh but they will lose Lin and a first round draft pick. They apparently outsmarted themselves.

  11. steelcitywhitty - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Not so sure losing Lin and his salary is so bad for Houston. The backup was pretty good.

  12. zinnsand21 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    The Lakers are sunk. Lin will help but they have nothing. A 36 year old Kobe Bryant who couldn’t play last season. 36 year old guys with torn achilles tendons are done. Kobe is done.. This team will lose 50 games next season..

  13. shaggymcruff - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Jeremy Lin is not an elite player and thus not elevate the Lakers in any way , shape , or form. Furthermore, Gasol is now gone. Randall is totally unproven at the pro level. This could be a DISMAL season for the Lakers. The Buss kids are trashing the franchise .

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