Houston Rockets Rumors: Team Looking to Dump Jeremy Lin Already?
Jeremy Lin made one of the biggest splashes in free agency last season when he signed with the Houston Rockets, but it appears the Rockets may be looking for a way out already.
Lin signed a three-year, $25 million contract with the Rockets after a breakout season with the New York Knicks last year, but they seem to be in a place where they could make it to the next level with a few good moves. Lin was forced to miss a boatload of games in 2012-2013 due to different injuries. His inability to stay healthy will make it more difficult for the Rockets to offer him up in a deal.
One of the biggest reasons the Rockets would be looking to dump Lin would be to land some of the summer’s top free agents.
The Rockets would need a major salary dump to sign two max players. Jeremy Lin would have to go.
— Brett Poirier NBA (@BrettNBA) June 9, 2013
If the Rockets have a legitimate shot at adding Dwight Howard and/or Chris Paul, they would need to free themselves of Lin’s and Omer Asik‘s contracts. They committed to $50 million between Asik and Lin and cannot afford to go after any free agents unless they can do something about those contracts.
They know they have a solid player in James Harden but must put a few other pieces together to become a legitimate contender. Lin doesn’t seem like the type of point guard you can base a team around. He’s obviously a solid option, but the Rockets appear to have higher aspirations than to just make it to the playoffs.