It’s no surprise that the Houston Rockets are shopping center Omer Asik leading up to the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline. The Rockets shopped Asik heavily in December before reaching a self-imposed deadline and any trade-talk regarding the unhappy big man cooled off. With days remaining until the league’s deadline, though, things have started to get rolling once again.
However, Asik is not the only players that Houston is testing the market for leading up to the deadline. According to a report from Marc J. Spears in his latest power rankings on Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets are shopping point guard Jeremy Lin with less than three full days remaining until the deadline.
In 43 games this season, Lin has averaged 13.3 points, 4.5 assists, 2.6 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor and 34 percent from three. He’s been a consistent offensive presence for the Rockets this year, coming up big in a number of instances. His defense hasn’t been a train-wreck, but it hasn’t had near the impact that his offense has either.
With reports from around the league of teams looking for another point guard to add to their roster, there is sure to be interest in Lin leading up to the deadline. However, just because there’s going to be interest doesn’t mean there is going to be a deal that gets done involving Lin.
The problem that the Rockets face in dealing both Lin and Asik is the fact that their contracts are both difficult to move. Both players’ salaries are manageable for the rest of this year, but next season holds the “poison-pill” year of their contracts that essentially allowed Houston to sign both players in restricted free agency back in the summer of 2012.
Regardless of logistics, though, the Rockets are indeed looking to see if there’s a deal out there that they can make work. We’ll see if any teams are aggressive enough to take on the next year and a half of Lin or Asik’s contract and, possibly even more interestingly, what the surging Rockets can get in return.