Whether it is Carmelo Anthony (not very likely) or Chris Bosh (still not likely) or Pau Gasol or Luol Deng or anyone else of note, the Houston Rockets need to clear out more cap space to make the signing.
Having already moved Omer Asik, next up was trying to find a home for Jeremy Lin, finding a team where the Rockets can ship him and get no salary back (just picks or a player who can be waived).
That appears to be the Philadelphia 76ers. Or maybe the Bucks. That according to Marc Stein at ESPN.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Sixers, who have ample room on their payroll to absorb Lin’s contract, have emerged as a leading contender to take on Lin in a trade that sends no salary back to the Rockets, which would enable the Rockets to extend a rich offer in free agency to either Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh.
Sources say that the Milwaukee Bucks are another team that would consider trading for Lin if the Rockets add a sweetener or two to the deal for the privilege of shedding Lin’s contract to a team that can comfortably absorb it.
Why would the Sixers do this? A future first round pick. They are rebuilding and GM Sam Hinkie is a pick hoarder. They get a backup point for a year (who they can use as a trade asset down the line) but mostly it’s about the pick.
Just something to watch. First, the Rockets need to land that star free agent to need the space. There has been a lot of flirting at the bar that is very different from going home with someone.