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.