The Houston Rockets agreed to trade big man Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans last night in exchange for a future first round pick, and many have been expecting them to trade point guard Jeremy Lin as well.
According to a report from Rotoworld, the Rockets will not trade Lin unless they are able to land either Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James when free agency opens up. They would look to move Lin if they are able to sign one of the two superstars in order to make a serious run at signing the other.
“However, several web sources have indicated tonight that the Rockets will only deal Lin if one of the big names agrees to terms with Houston. Therefore, if LeBron or Melo aren’t going to Houston, there’s a very good chance Lin will be back with the Rockets next season.” - Rotoworld
This news certainly makes a lot of sense for the Rockets, as they don’t want to ship out all of their depth trying to clear cap space for a player that may or may not end up signing with them. Lin has been an excellent backup point guard to Patrick Beverly, and the Rockets aren’t looking to trade him just to make another move. Getting rid of Asik opened up plenty of cap room for the Rockets to sign one of the two superstars out on the free agent market this offseason.
Lin played in 71 games with the Rockets this past season, starting in 33 of those appearances. He averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game, and was the Rockets’ lead energy spark off of the bench. When he did get the nod to start, he didn’t allow the lineup to see any drop as far as scoring goes, and his passing ability is solid as well.
Overall, it will be very intriguing to see what happens with the Rockets for the remainder of the offseason. They certainly do have a chance at getting both Anthony and James to team up in Houston, but they will have a lot of work convincing them to do so. Lin will have an impact no matter where he is next season, and he is no stranger to switching teams fairly consistently.