The Milwaukee Bucks are another team that has showed interest in Jeremy Lin, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Rockets are expected to need to increase the assets to entice a team to take on board the hefty contract attached to Lin.
In addition to weighing possible trade for Lin, I’m told Bucks are pitching offer sheet to RFA Eric Bledsoe and pursuing PG Greivis Vasquez
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 5, 2014
Sources have told ESPN.com that the Philadelphia Sixers, who have expansive salary cap space, have emerged as the leading contender to land Jeremy Lin’s services. The 76’ers are reportedly engaged in trade talks with the Rockets for Lin.
The Rockets are trying to part ways with Lin due to his large contract as he is owed $15 million next season. Unloading Lin and his contract would allow the Rockets to extend massive offers, in free agency, to either Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh.
It is widely believed that the Rockets will have to send at least one future first-round draft pick in order to convince teams to complete the deal. The trade talks between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets are driven by the relationships of the two team’s general managers, Sam Hinkie and Daryl Morey. Hinkie worked alongside Rockets GM Daryl Morey before getting the job in Philadelphia.
The Rockets have been confident all along that they would be able to move the contracts of Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, if they felt it was necessary. Daryl Morey was only willing to move those two players if they were able to sign a big name free agent in return.
Ultimately the Houston Rockets ended up moving Asik to New Orleans for a first-round pick. The Rockets’ front office has privately maintained that they will only trade Lin if they are getting Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh, through free agency. They have already contacted Chris Bosh, and his representation, with expectation that Carmelo will re-sign with the Knicks.
I believe that Jeremy Lin will be moved regardless. If traded to Philadelphia, he would provide fan support to a fan-base that is looking for something, anything, to cheer about. Daryl Morey and Sam Hinkie’s relationship is what will ultimately make this trade work.
A trade might happen sooner rather than later due to the pending free agent decisions of Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. We will have to wait and see what happens in the next few days.