Nov 13, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard James Anderson (9) and center Spencer Hawes (00) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Rockets 123-117. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets And Philadelphia 76'ers Engage In Jeremy Lin Trade Talks

The Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76’ers have engaged in trade talks for PG Jeremy Lin according to Jake Fischer (Liberty Ballers).

The 76’ers seem to be the favorite to take Lin off the Rockets’ hands. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie was Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s right hand man in Houston up until last season, and Hinkie has already helped out Morey once before by taking Royce White off the their hands.

Hinkie didn’t comment on Lin talks when talking on 94 WIP on Wednesday, but did say he’s open to making the team better.

“I can’t. There is lots of (trade talk) all around. When you have the most cap room in the league, everyone uses you as their stalking horse, whether it is there or not. We have as much cap space as anyone in the league, and if there is a move to help our program move forward, we are happy to do that.”

Lin is owed $15 million next season, but will count for just $8.4 million against the team’s cap.  

There should be plenty of minutes available for Lin with the Sixers. The 25-year old (26 in August) Lin could start for the Sixers at PG (or SG) or could come off the bench.

The Rockets would likely have to package a pick or player to the Sixers in order to unload Lin. That is something the Rockets would certainly entertain to receive the necessary cap space they need to sign Carmelo Anthony (or LeBron James).

The Sixers are probably the favorites to sign Lin, with the Golden State Warriors as a possibility as well.

Lin trade talks will heat up once LeBron James and/or Carmelo Anthony decide on their destinations.

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