Rockets looking to clear space in order to sign Bosh from Heat.
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly on the verge of securing a deal for point guard Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets as the ripple effect of LeBron James’ decision continues.
The Rockets are reportedly desperately trying to clear cap space in order to offer Chris Bosh a near maximum-level deal to join them, and that involves trading both Lin and Omer Asik.
Lin’s contract is set to expire after this season and tension has been growing between the two parties after Houston hosted free agent Carmelo Anthony last week.
The Rockets displayed images of the New York Knicks star around their arena upon his arrival, but controversially they used Lin’s jersey number, No.7, on the images of Melo.
Lin responded on Twitter by quoting the Bible and insisting that he did feel disrespected by the whole situation, but ultimately it may not matter for much longer as he considers a future in Los Angeles with the Lakers.
Although his production has diminished since the days of ‘Linsanity’ with the Knicks, Lin is still a capable guard that has the ability to produce, and the Lakers will hope that he draws plenty of fans as they have the cap space to acquire him without it cutting into their space in 2015.
In turn, Lin’s arrival would arguably spell the end of the Lakers’ interest in Anthony, although there are claims that creative cap space management could still allow them to make a play for the 30-year-old.
However, it is reported that the Chicago Bulls remain the most likely destination for Melo should he decide to leave New York, and so the Lakers are seemingly making alternative plans for the new season.
Meanwhile, the Rockets are also expected to finalise a deal to trade Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans, as the domino effect of James deciding to leave Miami continues to have implications all around the NBA, with Bosh set to follow him out of the exit door in the coming days.