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Linsanity is coming to Los Angeles!

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a trade that sends Jeremy Lin, a 2015 first round pick, and other draft considerations to the Lakers in exchange for cash and the rights to an overseas player.  The Lakers will not send any salary back.

The Rockets are looking to unload salary in order to sign free agent Chris Bosh to a max contract and the Lakers were the perfect trade partner as they have cap space to absorb the contract of Lin.

Over his career, Lin averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.6 assists in four seasons. After not doing much his rookie season in Golden State, Lin burst onto the season in New York in 2011-2012, averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 35 games for the Knicks. As a free agent, Lin made his way to the Rockets the year after.

 

  • quickster007

    Now, that we have a legitimate point guard. Resign Pau to play the center spot. Try to sign Luol Deng to play the small forward spot. A lineup of Pau at center, Randle at PF, Deng at SF, Kobe at SG, Jeremy Lin at PG. It’s a decent lineup but 7th or the 8th playoff spot in the West. The Lakers need to resign Jordan Hill, Kent Bazemore, Ryan Kelly.

    • DDub

      Deng cost too much, and pau stay hurt too much, its a blessing long term that he is leaving, maybe he’s good for a team that won’t need to depend on him full-time like the spurs or bulls, but for the Lakers he would have continued to get hurt and play half ass defense . so in the long term rebuild its best to move on.

  • sad_lakerfan

    Trash

    • AntRodrigues

      How is Lin trash?

  • Breeze 25

    In the bigger (cap space 2015) picture, good move

    • thisismac

      how so??? what free agents do you think we’ll get next summer???

  • borsalino12

    As a value, this trade is not a blockbuster one. Lynn is very modest NBA player, who is way over-paid for his production of: 12.5 ppg. – 4.1 apg. – 2.6 rpg. .446 FG%.His exact salary is close to $ 15 mil. for the next season, but only $ 8.3 mil. will count against our salary cap. That is the first good news. The second one is that Lynn is UFA next summer and if he did not match well with Kobe and the rest of the team, we can let him go.The third and most important news is that we acquired a first round pic and 2 second rounders next summer.That is excellent for us.All over all, it is a good trade. The Houston management will get a heart attack, when they hear the news that Chris Bosh has accepted Miami’s 5 years offer.They will be humiliated and embarrassed.

    • Brendon Edwards

      Thank you, I’ve been looking for the specific numbers for this trade all day, but to no avail. Lin is alright, but I think we should have offered Isaiah Thomas that 4 year 27 mil contract he’s getting from the Suns. He is already better than Lin, would have been cheaper, and has more potential. Don’t even get me started on Jordan Hill’s ridiculous 2 year 18 mil contract. I think Swaggy’s 4 year 20.5 mil was pretty legit though. Paid Hill waaaaaaay too much though!

      • DDub

        This is a good deal, you got a first round pick with Lin and you didn’t give up nothing and he is only on your books for next season, after next season they can let him go if they want, the Lakers don’t keep 5’9 point guards as starters. Can you name one in their history? Especially long term.

        • Brendon Edwards

          No, but doesn’t mean they can’t start now. Height is a poor argument when considering his skill level and potential. You’re right, the picks are nice, but I think the cheaper, more skilled Thomas would have been the better move. Maybe we could have kept Bazemore with that little extra cap we would have saved. Or paid Hill about 6…which is what he’s worth.

          • DDub

            I like Thomas also but with Kobe he is going to play off the ball more and being that size and defense not being a strength, it just would not be a good mix unless he is off the bench. Hill was over paid because there aren’t any bigs on their team, and they trust his effort. When you are short on bigs with an old star who can no longer play defense himself, you just can’t put him in the line up with someone that short, un less you plan on letting shorty get out and run and Kobe is not going to play up tempo too much. But your point is well taken. But also think about it?

          • Brendon Edwards

            That’s a really good point about playing off the ball. Hadn’t thought of that. When healthy, Kobe does bring the ball up a lot. Also, losing out on Bosh, the Rockets first round pick night not be terrible. As for Hill, after looking at his stats, and mins from last year, he might be the best PF left on the market. But, seems like he might be our starting center, if no more bigs are added. He should get starters mins regardless, with that contract. I kind of like going after Okafor though, that could be a sneaky move.

          • DDub

            I agree because when hill has to play center he gets worn down and beat up. That’s what happened last season. Whenever he was paired with pau, he played a lot of center and it took its toll, so I agree with you.man I wish they could have kept bazemore, but they will keep henry, and it’s still early, they will find a big and Randle is going to be real nice,we need to be patient.

          • DDub

            Dude you are alright!

          • Brendon Edwards

            Haha, thanks bro. It always nice discussing Lakers ball with someone who cares and is knowledgeable about basketball. Speaking of, we are getting close to running out of cap room. Rough estimate, but Lin takes 8, Hill takes 9, and Swaggy takes a lil over 5. That’s 22 mil right there. We only had like 24 in cap room. No more decent players for us :(

          • borsalino12

            Brendon. The Lakers have the right for a mid-level exception ($ 5.3 mil.) player, which salary won’t count against the cap. We also can use by-annual exception of $ 3.2 mil, which won’t count against the cap. And finally, we can sign several free agents with the veteran’s exception of $ 1.3 mi., not counting against the cap.
            We can also trade St.Nash and R.Sacre to Toronto for a second round pics and cash consideration and that move will open an additional $ 10.6 millions in salary cap space.So there are some options for M.Kupchak.

      • borsalino12

        Brendon, I agree 200% with what you say about Isaiah Thomas. He would be cheaper and lot better option for us, but the trade for Jeremy Lynn will have very big marketing effect for the Lakers front office in revenue share, article and merchandise sale and overseas popularity of our franchise. This are the important things for Jimm and Mitch. Anything else is secondary.
        And yes, I thing Swaggy deserves something like a $ 6.5 – $ 7.0 mil. per year, but as a L.A. guy, he accepted the deal and will finish his career in his home town.
        Kevin Love is going to sign with the Cavs in a trade, which will send Andrew Wiggins, A.Varejao and some other fillers to Minnesota. So no more Kevin Love to L.A. talks.Tr.Ariza signed with the Rockets and he is also off the market.Carmelo Anthony resigned with the Knicks and LeBron choose to play in Cleveland. One by one, all of our prime targets for this and next summer are going to play somewhere else. Why? Because we have no team at the moment and our FO is not doing anything in that regard. We don’t even have a head-coach yet.

  • thisismac

    I feel sorry for Kobe. sure he’s been paid handsomely, but for such a great career to end on such a poor note is kinda disheartening… the team is just grabbing a bunch of scrubs and calling it a team. Jeremy Lin, Swaggy P, Jordan Hill. I read their thinkn about taking contracts if Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer, & done other guys from bulls… wat a joke

    • http://southcidalmusic.com Southcidal

      This won’t be Kobe’s last contract. He’ll resign in 2016 for little to nothing and play with Russell Westbrook. By that point Julius Randle will be an All Star. The Lakers will add superior shooting to Kobe, Westbrook and Randle and the Lakers will steal a title from none other than John Wall and KD in D.C..

      • Guest

        I hope you’re right.

  • Rigged4fun

    So now that we stockpiled point guards (Nash, Marshall, Clarkson, and now Lin) and no big men other than Sacre, Hill, and Ryan. None of the bigs are anything more than backups. Mitch and Jim better find some rebounding and defensive big men or we have the same results as we did last season.

  • http://southcidalmusic.com Southcidal

    Hey Mitch here’s the plan for the rest of the summer:
    1. Get Da Matrix at the mid level exception. Shawn Marion would be perfect for Kobe and Nash. He’s a vet, he doesn’t need touches, he’s a versatile defender who can take the opponent’s top scorer at any position except center, and he knows Steve Nash very well. Cuban certainly won’t give him a ring with 15 mil per tied up in his new starting SF.
    2. Sign Boozer after the Bulls amnesty him. Boozer can still score on the block. The problem with the Bulls last year was that they had absolutely no other scoring options which took space away from the big Aussie. Gibson was a much better fit for that Bulls team, but that doesn’t mean that Boozer is done.
    3. Finally add another rim protector at the vet minimum. Ryan Hollins will suffice. All that’s needed is a lengthy guy to use all six fouls and contest shots at the rim when Kobe and Nash’s legs are tired.
    Starters: Kobe, Lin (in a contract year), Marion, Boozer (in a contract year) and Hill.
    Bench: Swag, Nash, Randle, Clarkson, Sacre, Kelly and Hollins.
    If health permits, this is a 6th seed out West that can get into a slowed down playoff series and upset some people.