As the Rockets attempt to pair one of either Chris Bosh, LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony with Dwight Howard and James Harden, they’ve been among a few teams in the league feverishly trying to create cap-space in attempts of building a championship contender. The Sixers are at the polar-opposite end of the spectrum, as they look primed to be just as bad, if not worse, as the 19 win team they were this past season. Strangely enough, the two teams could help each other reach a championship quicker, if an ESPN report is true.
The Philadelphia 76ers have expressed a willingness to trade for Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin depending on what sort of assets Houston is willing to attach to the deal, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Sixers, who have ample room on their payroll to absorb Lin’s contract, have emerged as a leading contender to take on Lin in a trade that sends no salary back to the Rockets.
Prior reports had indicated that Milwaukee Bucks could also be interested in Lin, but Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears doesn’t believe that the Bucks would want to take on the $14.89 million salary that Lin is owed for the 2014-15 season.
The Bucks like Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin as a player, but have no interest in his $15 million salary next season, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 5, 2014
So if they aren’t willing to take on the whole salary, trading him would be pointless to the Rockets, because they won’t be able to clear enough cap-space to sign one of the aforementioned free-agents.
As for the Sixers’ interest in the 25 year-old point-guard, it obviously isn’t about bringing the once relevant circus that was “Linsanity” to Philadelphia, or his inability to actually play the point-guard spot. Rather, Sam Hinkie is just looking to collect assets.
Sources say that the Sixers, though, are happy to take on Lin — despite the presence of reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams as their starting point guard — provided that the extra asset or two they get from Houston is sufficiently attractive.
You would have to think one of those assets would be a first-round pick. At that point, I’m happy to take on the last year of Lin’s atrocious deal, and I’m not really worried about what his role on the team would actually be. I personally think he might have a few impressive scoring games, but playing with a group of players who mainly will be D-League talent isn’t going to help Lin distribute better or become a more efficient offense player. So this trade might not just bring back a late first-round pick, but also another piece who helps increase the Sixers’ chances of landing next year’s number one overall pick. Sign me up.