Jeremy Lin is headed to the Lakers in a trade that will help Houston land Chris Bosh, as the dismantling of the Miami Heat continues.
Lin could have been a Laker in 2010. After the NBA summer league was complete, he received a contract offer from the Lakers, but opted to go to the Warriors. There were rumors the Lakers were going to draft him in the 2nd round, but they decided to take Derrick Caracter with the 58th pick. Caracter is now in the D-League.
The Lakers had previously dealt away their 2015 draft pick, so this at least gets them back in next year’s first round, although it’ll probably be a pick in the high 20s.
This move is crucial for the Rockets because it does two things: 1) Allows Houston to offer Chris Bosh a max contract and 2) Allows Houston to match the offer sheet that the Mavericks gave to him last week.
It’s safe to assume that the Rockets are serious contenders in the West, especially with a lineup that may look like this:
PG – Patrick Beverley/Isaiah Canaan/Nick Johnson
SG – James Harden/Troy Daniels/Francisco Garcia
SF – Chandler Parsons
PF – Chris Bosh/Terrence Jones
C – Dwight Howard/Donatas Montiejunas
The Lakers? They’ll sell a lot of tickets because people may want to see Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant, but beyond that … doesn’t look like a playoff team. It obviously means they’re out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, because everybody knows Anthony and Lin don’t get along. So the Lakers are looking at Lin, Kobe, Julius Randle, and maybe Pau Gasol. Beyond that, who knows. Maybe they’ll win 40 games.
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