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Jeremy Lin trade rumors swing to Sixers and Bucks
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-06 04:27 PM
Trade rumors swirling around the Houston Rockets organization have added the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks to the list of NBA teams that may be interested in trading to get Rockets guard Jeremy Lin. In the case of the Sixers, the clincher would be how much the Rockets are willing to throw in to sweeten the deal, preferably in some high draft picks in the future.

Salary and the salary cap are said to be no problem for Philadelphia. Although Lin’s contract with Houston calls for a payout of US$15 million for the 2014-5 season, only $8.4 million of that amount would count toward the salary cap. For the Rockets, the key to the trade would be whether they are able to coax Chris Bosh away from Miami, where LeBron James could be ready to bail and seek a different combination of supporting players for the next few seasons. The Rockets may still be holding out hopes for Carmelo Anthony, but those look to be fading fast as ‘Melo and the Knicks parlay over the prospects for next year.

Sixers General Manager Sam Hinkie and Rockets GM Daryl Morey are close friends, having worked as a team at Houston in the past, and Hinkle is said to have expressed an interest in No. 7 Lin even with a solid starting point guard in the person of reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams.

Sources say the Milwaukee Bucks are another team that would give Lin a long look if the package surrounding the trade is attractive enough. It appears that the Rockets would need to add in at least one future first-round pick to convince the Sixers to pick up Lin.

For months the Rockets have been exploring possible trades for center Omer Asik and/or Lin, if necessary, to clear up salary-cap space for a player to form the core of its starting line-up. ESPN.com says the Rockets have already begun courting Bosh in anticipation of Anthony staying with the Knicks.

One uncertainty clouding all of the possible trade moves is how eager LeBron James is to stay with the Heat. If LBJ heads west it is highly likely that Bosh would have little interest in staying with the Heat.

Whatever the landscape may look like after all the trades are made, it appears less and less likely that Lin will be a Rocket next year. He was not amused by the Rockets’ guileless posting of a giant poster of Carmelo Anthony wearing a Houston jersey with the number 7 – Jeremy Lin’s number with the Rockets – outside the Rockets arena in Houston last week, and while he gamely tried to play down the insult with a mixture of Christian humility and pragmatism, the sting is sure to figure into the balance in weighing any trade offers from outside of Houston.

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