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Report: Lakers finalizing trade for Rockets’ Jeremy Lin

Jul 11, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, Kendall Marshall looks Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, Kendall Marshall looks

Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:


The Rockets are desperately trying to clear cap space to offer Chris Bosh a near-max – not max – contract.

That definitely requires trading Omer Asik, who can’t be dumped to the Pelicans as easily as once thought, and Jeremy Lin.

A commonly advocated Lin destination, the 76ers, might not take him.

How about another team with cap space?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Lin’s contract expires after this season, so Lin wouldn’t interfere with the Lakers’ 2015 cap space. Surely, they’d pick up extra assets – young players and/or draft picks – for receiving Lin’s burdensome contract.

They’d also draw plenty of fans. Lin’s production has faded since Linsansity, but his star power, also somewhat diminished, has held up better. After a terrible season and on possibly on their way to another, the Lakers need a way to sell tickets.

The Lakers taking Lin would likely signal they’re out of the Carmelo Anthony race, though maybe creative cap management could allow them to get both.

  1. weaselpuppy - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Now dump Nash for Jsmoove….

  2. nightrain42 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    As a laker fan, I’d ask for a first rd pick and Terrence jones to take Lin off your hands. Or ask for Lin and Asik for 2 first rounders. Then flip Pau in a sign and trade with Chicago for a somewhat serviceable boozer and a first round pick and second round pick. We’d be competitive..if we were in the east we’d b a top 4 easily, and we still have tons of cap space for 2015.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      Top 4 in the west?

      This coming season.

      1 Spurs

      2 Thunder

      3 Houston (really think they’re gonna get Bosh as he won’t go back to Miami now)

      4 Clippers

      • Gary - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        I don’t see why you would get all those thumbs down. That’s a realistic prediction. I don’t fully agree with it, but those four will be the top teams in the west this coming season.

      • Gary - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        I don’t know why you got all those thumbs down. That’s a realistic prediction. Those four teams will all be in the top. I don’t agree with the order but look at the west and who is going to overtake those teams? Warriors, Portland, Grizzlies, Dallas? C’mon be real people.

    • xLith - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      TJones is going to the bench. They won’t be trading him.

    • rohlo - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      why would hosuton send asik when they are gettign a first round pick from new orleans for him already which is the pick the rockets are sending with lin to lakers.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Since we’re playing GM’s I’ll see your offer and tell you to pound sand…..

  3. tsi431 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    In the long run, for the Lakers, Lin is better then Carmello (and his contract vs production). He would be Kobe 2.0. Lin allows the Lakers to “reload” next year and the year after. The Anthony deal would hinder this, and have hope that a 2nd mid 30’s player can still produce.

  4. syem626 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Rowland Heights is celebrating.

    • skoivu10 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      I see what you did there lol

  5. cruzan80 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    This is good news for the Knicks.

    The only reason why the Sixers didn’t do the Amare Stoudamire & Iman Shumpert trade was because the Rockets offer of Jeremy Lin & a future draft pick was considered better.

    Now that the Rockets offer is off the table Phil will certainly rehash the offer to the Sixers. If he pulls that off then they will be able to make a decent offer to Pau Gasol (which is what I believe Melo is really waiting for).

    The Lakers may have just helped out everyone but themselves.

  6. fordmandalay - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    The update saying the Lakers would receive a first round pick along with ‘other draft considerations’ makes this a much better deal.

  7. Fantasy Football Consultant - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    They get Lin a 1st and a 2nd for cash and rights to an overseas player. Needing a point guard and the picks it’s a good trade. Period. Haters

  8. nightrain42 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    mazblast……the only idiotic moves the lakers have made was choosing mike brown, then firing him and choosing D’Antoni over Phil. The Nash deal looked good when made, but injuries changed that. Signing Dwight? We knew it was a risk, but a smart one. You’d be complaining if we instead signed Bynum to a long term deal given the games he’s played.

  9. kamauthabiti - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    not understanding this Lin trade. he is only a marginal player , has a little offence and absolutely no defense. so I guess the lakers are just tanking this season also. terrible.

  10. cuhris84 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    This is most likely a business transaction more so than basketball. Just look at how much Chinese American will come to Lakers games. At a time like this, where the franchise is in a rebuilding phase. Kobe Bryant is already huge in China with a Jeremy Lin trade that could only mean more revenue.

    Basketball wise, the best PG on the Lakers roster. It’s most certainly that Carmelo Anthony will not sign with the Lakers. Unless otherwise the Lakers brand wins over Anthony more than anything.

  11. Gary - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Kobe is going to make Lin his bench beotch. “Hold Gatoraid cup Lin, while you’re at it, just hold my cup”.

  12. mutasian - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    lal should ask for asik also

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