Jeremy Lin Is Too Valuable for Houston Rockets to Trade This Season

July 13th, 2013 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin has been rumored as a possible trade chip this offseason, but it would not make sense with respect to the playing or business side of basketball.

Lin still holds significant value and even a bit more upside, and should remain in the Rockets' starting backcourt alongside superstar James Harden for at least the 2013-14 campaign.

The contract Lin signed last offseason nets him over $8.3 million in salary in each of the next two seasons—the exact same amount as is on the books for big man Omer Asik, per

Even with the lucrative free-agent deal required to land prolific center Dwight Howard, general manager Daryl Morey has managed to maneuver Houston into very reasonable salary-cap position while the luxury tax is extraordinarily penal.

It's incredulous that many write off Lin so easily, because if last season was any indication, he doesn't deserve to be adjusting to his third squad in as many years in a potential trade.

Before the Howard acquisition was official last week, Hoopsworld senior writer Bill Ingram reported that the Rockets were doin ...

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