When the Houston Rockets photoshopped Carmelo Anthony in a Rockets #7 jersey, you had to know Twitter would react. Jeremy Lin currently wears the #7 Rockets jersey, and even he had something to say about the situation.
When Mark Berman (MyFox26) asked Rockets GM Daryl Morey about the photoshopped picture, Morey expressed disappointment that the situation has come to this.
“It’s always a challenging situation during free agency. You are always having to recruit players and there might be current players at current positions, might be people with the current numbers. It’s unfortunate that it’s often hard to handle. Reality is it’s standard practice. When we went after Chris Bosh a few years ago, we had him in (Luis) Scola’s number. When we went after Dwight Howard he had (Pat) Beverley’s number. I get the sensitivity and I hate that it creates some hurt feelings. I don’t like that, but that’s obviously Carmelo Anthony’s number, that’s the number he wants. He told us that. Bottom line, if Carmelo comes Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin have to be traded. It’s just math. It’s not personal. My job is every day figure out how to win. Sometimes it creates challenging situations.”
Morey is right. It’s an unfortunate situation and it’s not personal. Math is math and people have to realize this.
If the Rockets want to pursue Anthony, there’s only three moves they could do to create the room. They could trade Dwight Howard, James Harden, or Jeremy Lin and hope to receive as little salary as possible in return to make all the numbers work.
Unfortunately for Lin, Howard and Harden are two All-Stars in the NBA and Lin simply is not.
The Rockets have to dump Lin if they want Anthony and that’s what they want to do. Omer Asik has already been traded (thought not officially) to clear half the space, and it appears that Lin will be joining him off this Rockets squad soon.
It sucks that it had to get to this, but it is what it is. At the end of the day, the NBA is a business. Lin’s still going to get his $15 million next season and will likely receive more minutes on his new team.
Let’s just all move on…