Apr 30, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) reacts after making a basket during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Understanding the 76ers Interest in Jeremy Lin

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On Saturday, a report from ESPN came out that the 76ers were open to trading for Jeremy Lin. That sentence by itself is extremely misleading, especially for people that won’t look any deeper into the surface. Jeremy Lin is a decent player and comes with a great story and could sell some tickets, but that’s not why the 76ers want Jeremy Lin.

If the 76ers were to engage in serious negotiations with the Rockets, it would be to bring a pick back to Philadelphia with Jeremy Lin. Now, Lin averaged 12.5 points per game on 45 percent shooting last season, so he’s a competent player. However, he’s due to make $8,374,646 next season in the last year of his contract.

According to shamsports.com, the 76ers have $31,278,878 in cap room to spend this offseason. That number will shrink a small amount when rookies are signed to deals, but the 76ers will still have an abundance of cap space left to play with. This is where the Houston Rockets and Jeremy Lin come into play. Daryl Morey — GM of the Houston Rockets — is making a play for Carmelo Anthony, or some max-contract superstar this offseason. In order to have room for this superstar, Lin’s $8 million needs to be taken off the books. However, the Rockets don’t want to take any contracts back.

The 76ers are one of the unique teams in the NBA that have the ability to absorb Lin’s large contract without sending anything back. Of course, for taking on Lin, the 76ers want compensation. Philadelphia isn’t going to take on $8 million without getting something in return. The return would have to be at least a first-round pick, if not multiple picks from Houston for taking on Lin’s deal.

For that reason, the 76ers would welcome Jeremy Lin with opening arms, if the return is sufficient enough. Not to mention, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie worked alongside Rockets GM Daryl Morey in Houston before he came to Philadelphia.

Don’t get it twisted, Jeremy Lin wouldn’t take any minutes away from Michael Carter-Williams. There isn’t going to be a move to the bench for MCW if Lin is brought in, it’s quite the opposite. Jeremy Lin could play alongside MCW at the shooting guard position, or come off the bench. Who really cares? As long as he brings some picks along with him, it doesn’t matter. He’ll spend a season with the 76ers and then be off to his next NBA adventure.

So, if this trade goes down, just smile. Trust in Sam Hinkie and put a smile on your face as the assets begin to pile up, once again.

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  • khyberjones

    I’ve said this elsewhere, but that potential pairing of Lin and MCW (and I think Lin should be the PG and MCW the SG, but they could swap roles as needed) could be the making of a very good and potentially great backcourt.

  • MacMacBong

    MCW has a shot at becoming a “good” PG, but even casual fans will tell you he’s not the next Chris Paul. His court vision is average at best and court vision isn’t something that’s taught. You either have it or you don’t. I believe MCW will eventually have to bulk up and become a James Harden esque SG. In other words not good enough to be a PG, but very good facilitator as a SG.

    Call me crazy, but why not start developing the young man as a SG from the upcoming season and let Lin play a rental PG for a year? If the Sixers organization really believes MCW’s part of the future, then why not groom him to play the more suitable position for him?

    • http://dc50healthandfitness.blogspot.com/ Drew Corrigan

      Because it’s hard to put someone at shooting guard that can’t….shoot

  • busherbee

    Usually, articles are written to disseminate new and original information or analysis. Usually.

  • Nick C.

    Author did no research. Lin won’t be paid “8,374,646.” It’s well known that the poison pill contract averaged the years for salary cap purposes. He’ll be paid $14,898,938. Most sources round to 15M.

    • http://dc50healthandfitness.blogspot.com/ Drew Corrigan

      Lin’s cap hit is $8,374,646, he’ll be paid in full the $15 but the only $ that hits the cap is the $8.3 million. I did do my research, thank you.

      • Nick C.

        You are repeating what I wrote. The article states “due to make 8,373,646″ he’s not making 8,373,646, he’s making 14,898,983. “Do to make,” is not a cap reference, its a real money reference. His actual income was not mentioned, do readers will think that would be his salary. Also, the real salary is a factor teams will use when negotiating compensation.