The Golden State Warriors have informed the Houston Rockets that they would trade for Jeremy Lin, according to Michael Thompson, a Bay Area News Group columnist.
The Warriors, per a league source, have informed the Houston they would consider acquiring Lin from the Rockets via trade. Houston is reportedly shopping Lin in case they need to create cap space for Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.
The Warriors have a $9.8 million trade exception leftover from the trade that sent Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson’s expiring contract to Utah. Though Lin is scheduled to make $14.9 million, only $8.37 will count against the salary cap. That means the Warriors can absorb Lin’s contract without giving up any players.
The Warriors have a need at guard and Lin, a former Warrior, is a good fit for a team looking for a guard to penetrate and finish at the basket.
On the Rockets side, they’re looking to bring either LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony to Houston and need to clear the cap space to fit them within their cap. Trading away Lin who counts for under $8.4 million would go a long way to making the necessary space.
Many reporters around the league have said the Rockets have trades ready to accept once they get a commitment from a free agent, and it’s very possible the Warriors are one of the handful of teams willing to trade for Lin. The first domino fell a few days ago when they sent Omer Asik to New Orleans, and it appears as if Lin’s days are numbered.
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