Dec 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) and point guard Jeremy Lin (7) walk to the locker room during halftime at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Ready To Deal Both Jeremy Lin And Omer Asik

The Houston Rockets are ready to add a third star, however, to do so they would need to clear the necessary cap space. Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik both count for $8.3 million each on the cap, and thus would have to be traded if the Rockets plan on bringing in a third star.

Can they get it done? Sam Amick (USA Today) says they have deals ready to go if they have a commitment from a star.

So there you have it. Many articles around the web mention the Rockets’ problems in acquiring a star is their cap issue. However, Amick clears things up telling everyone that they can easily ship the two away if need be. Asik has value, and many teams would like to have an elite defensive center and rebounder. Lin however, doesn’t hold the same value, and the Rockets may need to add a draft pick with Lin in order to take him off the team’s cap.

Though trading away a draft pick seems like too much, it’s likely the Rockets wouldn’t have much use for their first round pick if they acquired another star. A first round pick has a higher cap hold and would force the Rockets to deal another player they may prefer to keep.

Why would the Rockets keep the two if they strike out? Well, we know Asik’s value on the team. He was the Rockets second best player in the series against the Portland Trail Blazers and is a luxury off the bench. He and Lin will also have a higher value at the deadline as expiring deals. Teams will be looking for expiring deals at this year’s deadline as they prepare for the summer of 2015.

Carmelo Anthony has to make his decision June 23rd, and the Miami Heat “big three” have until June 30th to decide on their future.

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