May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) during the fourth quarter in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: 76ers and Rockets Talking Jeremy Lin Trade

With LeBron James almost inevitably ending up back in Miami, the next biggest free agent price on the market is [former] Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. The Houston Rockets have appeared as a viable destination for Melo, giving him a Western Conference “Big Three” with James Harden and Dwight Howard. However, things are never that easy in the NBA.

The Rockets will have to clear some cap room in order to make room to sign Carmelo Anthony. The Rockets traded away Omer Asik and are now attempting to unload Jeremy Lin on who other than the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jeremy Lin has one year left on his current deal which will pay him a little over $8 million in the upcoming season. The 76ers definitely have the room for Lin, but there has to be more to this deal. It’s hard to imagine the 76ers taking on a contract without receiving compensation in a first-round pick in return. Lin would only be with the 76ers for this season and could give some pointers to Michael Carter-Williams during his short time. Absorbing any contract is worth a first-round pick at this point. All about acquiring those assets, right Hinkie?

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