After missing out on LeBron James and appearing to be out of the race for the other top NBA free agents, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to have turned their sights to lower-tier talents around the league. One player they’re rumored to be interested in is Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Lakers are involved in trade talks to acquire Lin and his overpriced contract from the Rockets, who are trying to create cap space to sign Chris Bosh and Chandler Parsons.
Sources say Houston Rockets trying to trade Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers. Report now on @SportsCenter
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2014
While it seems like a bad move on the surface, trading for Lin certainly wouldn’t be the worst move for the Lakers. After missing out on the top free agents, it’s unlikely L.A. will be serious contenders this upcoming season. Lin would address a position of considerable need, and would likely come with a draft pick or two from Houston. The Lakers would be off the hook for Lin next offseason seeing as he only has one year left on his current deal, and would begin adding building blocks for the future.
To top it off, Lin seems like a solid fit for the Lakers. Their top point guard, Steve Nash, is an injury liability who will likely spend most of the 2014-15 season in a suit. They also have Kendall Marshall and rookie Jordan Clarkson, who are backups at best. Lin is an experienced starter who has the passing to help give Kobe Bryant plenty of scoring opportunities. Plus, he can chip in the occasional offensive explosion.
The Lakers would be taking on Lin and the $14.9 million he’s due in 2014-15, but have plenty of cap space to work with right now. Making the trade with the Rockets certainly wouldn’t be a significant boost to their 2014-15 stock, but it would help the Lakers build toward a brighter future.
Signs are pointing towards a deal getting done, but we’ll have to play the waiting game for now.