Jason Terry Won’t Replace Jeremy Lin for Houston Rockets

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which helps to explain why the Houston Rockets have resorted to a 36-year-old sixth man who’s seen better days.

Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the, “Rockets have reached an agreement in principle to acquire Sacramento Kings guard Jason Terry, league sources told Yahoo Sports.”

The Rockets will send a package centered on non-guaranteed contracts, including Alonzo Gee, that the Kings can ultimately waive and gain salary savings and roster space, league sources said,” Wojnarowski adds. “Sacramento will send Houston two second-round picks in the deal, including one via the Knicks, league sources told Yahoo.”

For the record, the trade may take some time to go through.

The Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen explains that, “The deal will take several weeks to complete and will include additional non-guaranteed contracts, likely either Josh Powell, Scotty Hopson or both.”

From Sacramento’s perspective, this is merely an attempt to cut costs and potentially open up another roster spot.

In July, The Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Jones noted, “The Kings still are looking to gain roster flexibility by trading one or more of their power forwards and possibly dealing guard Jason Terry, who has said he would prefer not to play in Sacramento.”

Indeed, Terry made it abundantly clear he wanted out of Sacramento ASAP.

“I wouldn’t say it’s rebuilding, but a building process,” Terry told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s Fitzsimmons and Friedo Show in July, per ESPNDallas.com’s Bryan Gutierrez. “DeMarcus Cousins a huge talent. Attitude, a little shaky. Rudy Gay, not a proven winner in this league but a tremendous talent and a guy you can build around.”

They’re in transition right now. For me, at this point in my career, I want championships,” Terry added.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Houston emerged as a natural trade partner. Even after losing restricted free agent Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks (and replacing him with Trevor Ariza), the Rockets are light-years closer to a title than the Kings.

But does the Jet’s landing in H-Town bring them any closer to one?

The 15-year veteran played only 35 games last season for the Brooklyn Nets, and the results weren’t especially reassuring. Terry averaged a career-low 4.5 points per contest and shot a career-worst 36.2 percent from the field.

If you’re in the business of making excuses, one might argue that Terry’s 16.3 minutes per contest weren’t nearly enough for him to develop a rhythm.

On the other hand, the absence of rhythm may have been precisely what precipitated the diminished playing time—and ultimately resulted in his trade to Sacramento. 

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is clearly betting that a change of scenery could elicit one more season of strong bench play from a guy who calls nearby Dallas home. 

Even under the best of circumstances, though, Terry probably won’t have any easy time replacing last season’s sixth man.

Morey and Co. traded Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer in a bid to carve out enough cap space to land another superstar—namely Chris Bosh.

In retrospect, the move appropriately encapsulates an offseason that didn’t go as planned. The loss of Parsons. Whiffing on premier free-agent targets like Bosh and Carmelo Anthony. Dealing away Lin and Omer Asik unnecessarily.

These Rockets have seen better days.

Acquiring Terry on the cheap is a noble attempt to make up some lost ground. More importantly, it’s a low-risk venture that won’t cost the organization much in terms of assets. By almost any metric, this is a wise move.

It’s just not nearly enough.

Though some bemoaned the fact that Lin never rose to superstar heights in his two seasons with the Rockets, he proved a valuable weapon whether starting or coming off the bench.

In his most recent campaign in Houston, the 26-year-old averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists in just 28.9 minutes per contest. The year before that—when he started all 82 games—Lin tallied 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per game. In both seasons, his shooting hovered around his career mark of 44 percent from the field.

Terry really hasn’t produced at that level since his 2011-12 season with the Dallas Mavericks, the last of eight go-arounds with the club.

It’s telling that the Mavs parted ways with such an integral part of their rotation, a key component of the franchise’s title run in 2011. If Dallas lost confidence in Terry then, why should we believe he still has anything left in the tank two years later?

Terry’s lone season with the Boston Celtics may offer some silver lining. In 2012-13, he averaged 10.1 points per game and made 43.4 percent of his field-goal attempts.

Even better, Terry has made at over 37 percent of his three-point attempts in each of the last three seasons—including that clunker in Brooklyn. By comparison, Lin’s best performance from beyond the three-point arc (35.8 percent) came last season with Houston.

But don’t get too carried away.

Lin is entering the prime of his career, plays solid defense and—most importantly—can run an offense without exclusively looking for his own shot. While Terry’s veteran presence should yield value on an otherwise youthful roster, Lin gave head coach Kevin McHale a legitimate floor general who could anchor the second unit and finish out close games.

At this point, Terry is little more than a three-point specialist. He won’t create much for others, and he won’t get stops.

He fills a narrow role, but he does little to stabilize a backcourt rotation that’s sorely lacking depth.

As USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt notes, “Terry likely will compete with second-year point guard Isaiah Canaan, shooting guard Troy Daniels and rookie combo guard Nick Johnson for minutes behind starting guards Patrick Beverley and James Harden.”

Put another way, Terry instantly becomes the most reliable option among arguably the most unproven platoon of reserve guards in the league.

Perhaps he can even rebound from last season’s precipitous decline.

NBCSports.com’s Brett Pollakoff speculates that, “He may not have been right physically, and taking the second half of last season off could help him regain his form, to where he can once again become a viable contributor off the bench.”

Either way, Terry upgrades a position of need.

Just don’t expect him to replace Jeremy Lin.

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Los Angeles Lakers: An All Star Season For Jeremy Lin?

Los Angeles Lakers: An All Star Season For Jeremy Lin?
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t a playoff team, as they are at best the 10th most talented team in the Western Conference. However, with their cap space they have a chance next offseason to be big spenders to build a contender and in 2 offseason, they have a near clean cap. The Lakers can be competitive and could be .500, but it will take 50 wins to make the West Playoffs and about 35 wins is likely for Los Angeles. Regardless, although there will be a lot of L’s in their record, this season isn’t a loss, as they can see if Kobe Bryant can stay healthy, how Byron Scott acts as coach, but to me the most entertaining story of the season for the Lakers will be seeing how Jeremy Lin plays in a Lakers jersey. Why? He is going to have a big season.
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Los Angeles Lakers Should Give Steve Nash’s Starting Job to Jeremy Lin

Back in 2012 when Jeremy Lin was blazing his path to notoriety, another point guard—arguably our generation’s most iconic—took notice.

“It’s amazing. He’s a great story,” said Steve Nash at the time, per Jared Zwerling (then writing for ESPNNewYork.com). “It’s a great story for the league. I think it’s phenomenal that it happened in the media capital of the world in a desperate team with a desperate fanbase. It’s just a beautiful thing to see somebody come out of nowhere to most people and shine the way he has.”

With Lin readying to debut his talents in another media mecca, it’s worth recalling Nash also mused that, “I think every team can use a point guard like him.”

Apparently the Los Angeles Lakers agreed.

Now Lin joins Nash in what should be a formidable floor-general platoon, at least if it remains at full health.

Now here comes the hard part.

While new Lakers head coach Byron Scott may be reluctant to separate the legendary Nash from his starting job, there’s a strong case that Lin deserves the nod this season. This isn’t about who deserves to start. Nor is it about managing egos. 

It’s about what’s best for the team.

Nash remains a one-of-a-kind leader regardless of where he’s situated in the rotation. Indeed, his presence could have a transformative effect on Lin himself—and Lin knows it, telling reporters, “I can’t wait. I remember when he was in Phoenix and was 20 and 10 every night. I can’t wait to learn from him.”

But wisdom and know-how aren’t reasons Nash should start.

Lakers Nation’s Ryan Ward wrote in July, “Moving forward, the consensus appears to be that Lin will be the starter with Nash likely set to come off the bench and rookie Jordan Clarkson being third on the depth chart.”

The reasons for such an approach are many.

At minimum, Los Angeles should keep a close watch on Nash’s minutes—perhaps even occasionally sitting the 40-year-old in back-to-back situations. Though that’s conceivably doable in the event Nash starts, there’s a risk Nash’s uneven availability could impact the starting lineup’s chemistry.

In the interest of building and sustaining rhythm, you’d like to see the Lakers deploy a consistent starting lineup as much as possible. With Nash’s playing time (and health) jeopardizing that, Lin becomes a more reliable starting option.

After a season in which he played just 15 games, it’s probably unwise to rest too many hopes on Nash.

There’s also a chance Lin could blossom in a way we haven’t seen since his New York days.

This is a fresh start for him, potentially a departure from a Houston Rockets experiment in which he started just 33 games during his second season with the team. While making the most of his new opportunity ultimately depends on Lin, the Lakers would do well to increase his confidence.

Lin is still young in basketball years.

Lin told Basketball Insider’s Alex Kennedy in July:

I definitely don’t think I’m close to my prime yet. I’m 25 years old and I think because of the way things have happened, people always think I’m older or I’ve been around longer than I really have. I’ve played two full seasons in the NBA – two full seasons and those 25 games in New York. I guess people have been very quick to write me off just because they saw how it started and then they saw what I was like in Houston, but I have to just keep reminding myself it’s a marathon.

Kennedy added, “As he continues to expand his game, he’ll have two Hall of Fame guards alongside him in the backcourt, which should do wonders for his development. Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant have been injured in recent years, but Lin is hoping to pick their brains and learn as much as he can from his legendary teammates.”

In short, there’s reason to believe that Lin can rise to the challenge a starting role presents.

After starting 82 games for the Rockets in 2012-13, Lin averaged a respectable 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per contest. It may not have lived up to the 20.9 points and 8.4 assists he tallied with New York in February 2012, but it demonstrated that Lin can produce on a full-time basis.

Under the right tutelage—something he lacked in Houston—that full-time production could improve.

There’s also something to be said for what Nash could do with the second unit.

The Lakers already have one ball-dominating playmaker in the starting lineup. Rather than asking Nash to compete with Bryant for touches, why not make him orchestrator-in-chief of the bench? It would ensure the veteran more touches, and it just might translate into better performances from other reserves.

Nash has a way of bringing out the best in his teammates. Perhaps he’d have a force-multiplying effect on L.A.’s depth, making the most of guys like rookie Julius Randle and potential sixth man Nick Young.

Moving Nash to the bench could very well be a win-win scenario for him and Lin alike.

Some aren’t especially high on Los Angeles’ resources at the point guard spot. 

CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore recently wrote, “At point guard you’ve got an inconsistent player who’s had minor but considerable injury issues the past two seasons in Lin, Nash who is barely able to get on the floor, and a second-round pick [Jordan Clarkson] who’s probably more of a shooting guard.”

After a 27-55 2013-14 campaign in which all that could go wrong did, the pessimism is understandable. General manager Mitch Kupchak improved the roster to the best of his ability, and recovery from injuries will make a significant difference.

But things could go south. Fast.

Lin registers as one of the principal reasons to hope otherwise. His pedigree doesn’t rival Nash or Bryant’s but the Lakers’ fortunes are no less dependent on his contributions this season.

Contributions he could very well make as a starter.

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Jeremy Lin Has Golden Opportunity to Reinvent Himself with Los Angeles Lakers

For the Los Angeles Lakers, Jeremy Lin‘s value may not extend beyond his expiring contract and the future first-round draft pick he brought with him from the Houston Rockets.

If Lin boosts ticket sales or plays his way into a permanent role going forward, that’s even better. But he’ll spend next season draped in purple and gold because of the assist he gave the franchise’s future asset collection.

For the player himself, though, this is something so much greater that it can’t easily put into words. More than anything, this is a chance to prove he’s a legitimate NBA player, not just the main character in a story so unbelievable it still boggles the minds of those who witnessed it.

His journey left a remarkable trail that may never be retraced. He has toiled in the D-League, been buried on the bench and more than once floated out on the waiver wire.

Then came that miraculous two-month stretch with the New York Knicks in 2012, the global phenomenon that was simply dubbed “Linsanity.” It began when desperation thrust him into then-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s lineup, continued with a stretch of historically strong outbursts and ended as quickly as it started at the hands of a torn meniscus in his left knee.

But the Linsanity movement hasn’t stopped.

His story has been showcased on the silver screen. A Jeremy Lin action figure is already in circulation, and a wax statue will be coming very soon, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times:

His brand appears here to stay, and it should only strengthen now that he’s suiting up for one of the league’s most storied franchises.

But this isn’t about improving his marketability or adding an interesting chapter to an already fascinating feature. It’s about seizing the incredible basketball opportunity in front of him and putting the focus back inside the lines.

If Lakers fans are hoping for the return of Linsanity, they’re sure to be disappointed. Those days are over, and he doesn’t want them back.

“I’m not trying to relive that banner season,” he told reporters at his introductory press conference. “It’s been a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m not trying to recreate Linsanity or be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I just want to be myself more than ever.”

It’s hard to say if that’s even possible at this point, at least as far as outsiders are concerned.

He may never be honestly evaluated on the basis of his talent alone. He’ll always be held to that unreachable standard, then picked apart for the warts that exist in his otherwise solid game. His $8.3 million salary, which is actually a $14.9 million balloon payment this season, doesn’t help lower the bar.

All of that takes away from the player that Lin really is. Solid doesn’t look the same when spectacular is the expectation.

For his career, he’s averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 assists in 27.3 minutes a night. He has played a total of 217 games across his four seasons in the league and made 140 starts.

From most angles, he looks like a player with obvious talent who is still working on finding his niche. With less than four full years of service under his belt, he’s already alone in that regard.

He, like a lot of players his age, needs some work. He still doesn’t shoot with a ton of consistency (career 34.3 three-point percentage), he’s a better scorer than creator and his lack of lateral quickness limits what he can do defensively.

Hollywood might seem like a potentially disastrous locale to continue his training. Lakers fans are still reeling from their woeful 27-55 showing last season, and a hopefully healthy Kobe Bryant is no more patient than they are.

Probably less so.

Truth be told, the Lakers could be perfectly equipped to help bring Lin along.

Whatever pressure might exist around the franchise hasn’t affected him. In fact, the California native sounds as relaxed as he can be.

“I feel the least amount of pressure on my shoulders now than I ever have,” he said at the press conference. “…I put a lot of pressure on myself to be that player [in Houston]. Now my goal is I’m not trying to be a player from the past.”

In the present, he should find as many minutes as he can handle. With aging, oft-injured Steve Nash and untested rookie Jordan Clarkson serving as his only competition, Lin could be looking at a massive spot in head coach Byron Scott’s rotation.

The defensive-minded coach already lauded Lin’s toughness and tenacity, via Lakers.com’s Mike Trudell:

Besides an abundance of minutes, the Lakers also have a wealth of sharp offensive minds to help Lin.

Between Nash’s understanding of how to control tempo and Bryant’s polished technique and relentless work ethic, Lin has two of the league’s finest tenured professors. As he told Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy, he’s counting down the days until he starts working with the living legends:

It’s really exciting. What can’t you learn from them? People have been asking that question a lot, and it’s kind of, like, I want to learn everything. Kobe is a little different just because he’s a different position, but there’s just so much from a mental aspect and from like a recovery standpoint and so many different things like footwork [that he can teach me]. There are things that both of them can teach me, so I’m actually really, really excited. I’m hoping our team gets out there early or something before camp so I can start spending more time with them right away.

As unrelenting as the spotlight seemed during Lin’s run as a global icon, he’s never felt pressure quite like the kind that Bryant keeps balanced on his shoulders. Even Nash, a two-time MVP, knows a few things about living under the basketball world’s microscope.

The Lakers will give Lin every opportunity to succeed.

A healthy Bryant might chew into the available offensive touches, but Lin should still see significant time on the ball. With pick-and-pop (Ryan Kelly, Carlos Boozer) and pick-and-roll (Julius Randle, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis) candidates filling the frontcourt, Lin should be put in situations he has proven to handle best.

From there, the onus falls on him to make the most of this stage.

Can Lin still form an identity as a good player with an incredible story? Or is his place in history that of an NBA novelty act?

The Lakers will be fine either way. They already got what they needed out of him.

Now, he must reinvent himself as something separate from his past. With the right type of present, he could set himself up for a future none of us saw coming.


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WATCH: Jeremy Lin posterizes his mom during ‘dunking’ spree

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin took no prisoners when he went on a dunking spree around the neighborhood using various mini-basketballs and props, with the highlight being Lin throwing down a dunk over his mom in her home kitchen. Lin caught an alley-oop pass from a friend off camera while leaping over another friend while a third person held the basket over his mom’s head. Hopefully Lin is doing extra chores around the house this week to make it up to her.The video also features Lin dunking over a woman on the street and another man in his bed sleeping. At least, he seemed to be asleep before Lin dunked on him.H/T NYDN. This post appeared first on Holdout Sports. Follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.

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Utah’s Jeremy Evans Sets Vertical Record at P3 Sports Science Institute

Just by looking at this picture, it’s easy to see how Jeremy Evans won the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Not too long after Andrew Wiggins wowed everyone with his vertical leap at the P3 Sports Science Institute, Evans has answered by topping him. The Utah Jazz forward’s ridiculous hops were even good enough to set a record.

Evans now has literally set the bar extremely high for anyone else who does a vertical leap at the P3 Sports Science Institute.

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Rockets erase Jeremy Lin for Melo, Lin appears upset

Once again, Jeremy Lin is finding himself getting pushed out of town by Carmelo Anthony. As the Rockets have wined and dined Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday, they posted gigantic billboards in and around Toyota Center with Anthony in a Rockets uniform: The Rockets will host Carmelo Anthony and have pictures of Carmelo in Rockets uniforms on Toyota Center marquis pic.twitter.com/2VfycvqlkN — Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 2, 2014 There is only one problem with that. Jeremy Lin already wears number seven for the Rockets. And he is still on the roster. I guess Carmelo Anthony could return to wearing No. 15, but the Rockets have already put on this big show-stopping number — including picking Anthony up in a limo and having him meet with all the Rockets luminaries including Dwight Howard — with Anthony wearing No. 7. Then you get into the history between the two. As Lin-sanity was picking up in New York while Anthony was hurt, there were plenty of reports that Anthony was perturbed …

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Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony Jersey ‘Controversy’ Much Ado About Nothing

Never let it be forgotten that nicknaming the NBA offseason the “silly season” has become in vogue for a reason.

Less than two full days into the all-out negotiations scrum, we’ve seen deals that range from surprising to baffling to utterly insane—and very little in between. Perhaps the only dollar figure that did not raise eyebrows was Kyrie Irving‘s maximum-contract extension in Cleveland, though there are plenty of Twitter users who are happy to provide their hot takes on what defines a superstar.

But the height of insanity from the first two days of free agency had nothing to do with contracts. It wasn’t Ben Gordon nabbing a $9 million deal. It wasn’t Shaun Livingston netting the full mid-level in Golden State. Hell, it wasn’t even Stan Van Gundy thinking Jodie Meeks was worth more than $6 million per season.

No, the apex of inanity can be found in the following images:

What you see, of course, is Carmelo Anthony Photoshopped into a Houston Rockets jersey and strategically placed inside and outside the Toyota Center. The Rockets commissioned those images just in time for Anthony’s arrival Wednesday, where he was wooed by James Harden, Dwight Howard, Daryl Morey and, apparently, Slim Thug.

You may recognize that gimmick from when the Bulls did it. Yesterday. In an almost identical fashion:

So where is the controversy? The Bulls do not currently have a player on their roster who wears Anthony’s No. 7. The Rockets do. A not-so-unfamous kid by the name of Jeremy Lin, if memory serves. Lin is unquestionably the most oft-discussed sixth man on the planet, someone whose meteoric rise in New York endeared him to perhaps the league’s most passionate fanbase.

When Lin is involved, the fangs come out and all rationality goes out the window. Lin’s mentions on Twitter at the moment are a hilarious amalgam of feverish white-knighting, slander toward the Rockets’ management and disparagement of Anthony.

The Rockets guard didn’t do much to help calm the flames when he first subtweeted the situation with a Bible verse and then told a fan he felt disrespected—in what might be the most 2014 thing ever:

Granted, using the word “controversy” is patently insane.

Lin’s tweets are the only part of this story that are even worth mentioning from a news standpoint. If he feels disrespected, he’s perfectly within his rights to say so. Given the amount of time he’s spent being shopped around the league since coming to Houston, it says a ton about his character that he hasn’t been more of a malcontent.

Lin should be (bleeped) off. 

We all—those of us who are not Jeremy Lin—should be able to view this much more rationally. The last time I checked, Anthony wore No. 7 last season. Were the Rockets supposed to just make a number up out of thin air to put on their images? Maybe going with No. 15, his college number and one he wore with the Denver Nuggets, would have prevented the controversy. Except, again, it would be presumptuous.

The Rockets had one job Wednesday: to recruit Carmelo Anthony. He is the final piece in the Big Three puzzle that Morey has tried to cobble together the last few seasons and the best free agent on the market—at least among those who are actually available.

Is it the classiest thing the Rockets have ever done? Probably not. But is it in any way bad for business? Absolutely not.

A divorce between Houston and its popular point guard is all but inevitable at this point. Everyone in the league knew coming into this summer that the Rockets needed to unload Omer Asik‘s and Lin’s contracts to make a serious run at Anthony or any other top-level free agent. Asik was sent to the Pelicans before draft night. Lin is the next piece of the puzzle.

Morey doubled down on this strategy by allowing Chandler Parsons to hit unrestricted free agency. Should Houston time the moves right, it can sign a near-max player and match any offer sheet Parsons receives.

There’s a reason Morey is viewed in league circles as a calculating genius. There is also a reason the Rockets are acting now: Their window dies the moment Parsons signs a deal.

Lin will be gone within the next couple weeks, and Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck recently reported they already have a deal lined up.

If you’re Jeremy Lin, this is maddening. For the second time in three summers, the same person has has had an active and arguably adverse affect on where you play basketball.

The number isn’t a big deal; it’s just a metaphor. The Rockets didn’t even think enough to place a cursory call warning him of the situation, per Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

For everyone else, here is what the Rockets’ “Photoshop controversy” should be: an amusing and mildly entertaining thing that happened. It should be and has been the fodder for jokes. Not some inane reason to stand on a pulpit and cry out like a member of your family has been insulted. 

I likened it to Carmelo already having his toothbrush in Jeremy Lin’s girlfriend’s sink. Others have used much more creative metaphors:

Only our need to manufacture every small thing into a melodrama has this buzzing into a national story. I mean, were Bulls fans up in arms about the team disparaging the memory of Toni Kukoc? Will Ricky Ledo be sending out scripture when the Mavericks inevitably get their hands on a 30-day Adobe free trial?

Are we going to have to read a breathless 5,000-word column on a Lakers blog wondering what Anthony’s recruitment means for Xavier Henry?

Of course not. That would be ridiculous. (But, nah, for real #staywoke, Ricky and Xavier.)

In lieu of feigning outrage, have some fun with it. Grab a Kermit the Frog meme and go to town. Create your own Photoshop image of other great moments of disrespect. Literally take the shirt off your best friend’s back, snap him with it like you would a towel and say “you just got Lin’d, dog.” GIF Lin onto a railroad with Carmelo as a mustache-twirling villain.

I don’t care. Just take five seconds away from the self-seriousness social media engenders and be happy your boss can’t recruit new employees by having him take your desk chair for the afternoon. 

Leave the rage for someone whose life a Photoshopped number actually affects. 


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NBA Trade Rumors: Latest on Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, James Harden and More

Some of the biggest names in the Association could be on the move this summer, as the latest NBA trade rumors indicate that multiple stars are already involved in trade talks.

Rumors obviously aren’t guarantees, but players continuously involved in talks are almost always dealt. Of course, some players avoid being dealt despite constant talks. Rajon Rondo has escaped a trade for what seems like years now, but he’s an exception to the general rule.

Will we see big stars change area codes this offseason? If the rumors below are any indication of how the summer is going to go, then we should expect many players to be on the move.


Carmelo Anthony/James Harden

Carmelo Anthony is one of the most coveted free agents on the market right now, but he has also been involved in trade rumors recently. Chris Broussard of ESPN.com (subscription required) reported he could be a part of a sign-and-trade:

In any event, assuming the [Houston] Rockets obtain the cap room to sign [LeBron] James or Anthony, the next step would be to give up star guard James Harden in a sign-and-trade for whichever superstar (James or Anthony) they don’t sign as a free agent. Faced with the prospect of losing their superstars, both New York and Miami would be open to accepting Harden in a sign-and-trade.

The Rockets are one of the teams that could potentially be a landing spot for Melo, but it’s interesting to hear that dealing Harden might be in the cards. Harden has been a rising star for Houston for the past two seasons, averaging 24.2 points per game in that span.

Last season, Dwight Howard was brought in to give Harden a star partner with which to bring a championship back to Houston. The thought of giving up on that pairing so soon into Howard’s contract is puzzling.

Anthony is essentially the same type of player as Harden, except he plays a different position. Both players are volume scorers that take a ton of shots.

The offense runs through Harden just as it runs through Anthony—sometimes to a fault.

Harden is a better fit in New York than Anthony is in Houston, in my opinion. The triangle offense in New York caters to shooting guards, so Harden would certainly thrive in a system that Phil Jackson will influence.

Keep your eyes on this moving forward.


Jeremy Lin

The Rockets will need to clear more cap room to lure in multiple big free agents. Omer Asik already fell victim to the situation, as he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

As Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck reports, Jeremy Lin might be next:

As far as which team it is that the Rockets have a deal with, we currently have no idea.

Of course, it could be Lin’s former team. Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Golden State Warriors might be interested in a reunion:

The Warriors, per a league source, have informed the Houston they would consider acquiring Lin from the Rockets via trade. Houston is reportedly shopping Lin in case they need to create cap space for Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

The Warriors have a $9.8 million trade exception leftover from the trade that sent Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson’s expiring contract to Utah. Though Lin is scheduled to make $14.9 million, only $8.37 will count against the salary cap. That means the Warriors can absorb Lin’s contract without giving up any players.

Lin wasn’t a big name back when he played in Golden State. “Linsanity” had yet to be born, and Lin was nothing but a reserve off the bench playing just 9.8 minutes per game.

Trading Lin would open up the door for Patrick Beverley to be the featured point guard, but it would also allow Isaiah Canaan to see more minutes. He got into just 22 games during his rookie year last season.

The Warriors would then utilize Lin as a dynamic bench guard. He clearly won’t start because of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but he would fit in well as a high-energy guard off the bench.


Norris Cole

Now with Shabazz Napier in the fold, the Miami Heat may no longer need point guard Norris Cole. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reports that the Heat have made him available:

Cole was far from impressive this past season. He averaged just 6.4 points and 3.0 assists per game in the regular season before seeing those numbers fall to 4.6 and 1.8, respectively, in the playoffs.

With better numbers this season, Cole would have been a candidate for a decent return to Miami. Now, who knows what the team will get in return?

With that said, there’s sure to be interest. He is just 25 years old with only three years of NBA experience under his belt. While it’s unlikely he’ll turn into a full-time starter at the NBA level, Cole has shown the potential to be a useful guard off the bench.

While his success often comes in spurts, Cole has shown the ability to play well when everything is going right. The Heat likely won’t get much in return, but the cap space they’ll inevitably receive should be good enough.


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New York Knicks: Andrea Bargnani For Jeremy Lin

New York Knicks: Andrea Bargnani For Jeremy Lin
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
The Houston Rockets don’t want Jeremy Lin and his 15 million dollar salary on their books next season and he doesn’t fit well on their roster and the New York Knicks don’t want Andrea Bargnani and his 11 million salary on their books next season and he doesn’t fit well on their roster, so each team would be wise to swap players, as each player fits very well on the team they would be traded to.
With Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire each excellent at power forward, they have more than enough at the position and every second that Andrea Bargnani is on the floor for the Knicks, he is taking away seconds from better players. Carmelo is one of the best players in the league and he is just as strong at the 4 than he is at the 3 and you can say whatever you please about Stoudemire, but on a per minute basis he has played excellent basketball this season. Bargnani has stretch 4 skills that s…

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