Apr 20, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) celebrates after scoring during the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game one during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

LINSANITY! Lakers and Rockets Complete Jeremy Lin Trade

The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets have completed a deal that will send Jeremy Lin to Los Angeles, along with a future first round pick and other future draft considerations, which will likely be a first round pick swap. The Lakers will send the Rockets cash and rights to overseas player.

This deal came along at lightning speed as the Rockets attempt to complete their signing of Chris Bosh for 4-years and $88M. The Rockets needed to trade away Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik before July 13th in order to sign Bosh and match the deal between Chandler Parsons and the Dallas Mavericks.

Lin will be joining his 3rd team in 4 years, having played for the New York Knicks and the Rockets over the past three campaigns. Everyone will remember Lin’s magical month in New York when he mesmerized the NBA by taking over Madison Square Garden in a way only Kobe and Michael could have.

There is little doubt that Lin is a competent role player and has shown flashes of brilliance on the court. However, he is an unreliable shooter and hasn’t ever played defense in the league. In essence, he would have been perfect for Mike D’Antoni.

Of course, the Lakers aren’t acquiring Lin because they believe he will be a difference maker for the team. No, they are acquiring him because he comes along with additional assets that the Lakers can and will use in the future. The Lakers will pay Lin $14.9M this year, though he will only count as being paid $8.2M on the cap report.


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