Late Wednesday night, Liberty Ballers reported the Sixers and Rockets agreed in principle to a deal that would send Jeremy Lin along with a first-round pick from Houston to Philadelphia in order for the Rockets to clear enough cap space to offer a max contract. Philadelphia is an attractive trading partner given their wealth of cap space.
The deal makes sense on paper. Lin is scheduled to make a lot of money in the last year of his contract. The Sixers have a lot of cap space to take on a major contract for a year. Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie worked for the Houston Rockets prior to being hired in Philadelphia. It all just makes sense.
But CSN Philly's Dei Lynam said the deal might not be as done as it might appear. Lynam cites NBA sources saying the Sixers are driving a high price for taking on these big contracts and "their cap space might prove to be too expensive."
While the Sixers might have the leverage in the negotiations and are driving a high price, it is hard to see the price the Sixers are asking for - likely a first round pick - being too much for the Rockets if the consequence of not doing the deal with Philadelphia is missing out on a player like Bosh.
Lin, 25, appeared in 71 games last year for the Rockets making 33 starts. He averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. The 6'3", 200 lbs. point guard is averaging 13.0 points and 5.2 assists in two seasons in Houston.
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