Grading LA Lakers’ Trade for Jeremy Lin from Houston Rockets

The Linsanity tour is about to make its third stop, this time with the basketball mecca that is the Los Angeles Lakers.'s Marc Stein first hinted that talks were in the works.

By now, the deal is no secret.

The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen offers details:

The Rockets will send Lin and their first-round pick next season plus a future second-round pick to the Lakers to move Lin’s contract. Lin is due to earn roughly $15 million in the final season of his three- year contract with the Rockets, but would count $8.37 million on the salary cap. The Rockets will receive draft rights to an international player to be determined that the Lakers own the rights to.

So Houston won't inherit much from this deal directly, but then again, this trade is really about the big picture for Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

As Feigen noted, "The deal could be the clearest sign that the Rockets are confident they will land Bosh. They already had a deal in place to deal Omer Asik and his matching contract to the New Orleans Pelicans."

In other words, from Houston's perspective this deal was a means to an end—and a big end at that.

Unfortunately, things didn't quite work out as expected. According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, "Chris Bosh has reached agreement on a five-year, $118 million contract to re-sign with the Miami Heat, league sources told Yahoo Sports."

Is this move still a success for Houston? Some grades are in order for both sides of the equation.


Houston Rockets: C+

This trade was premised on Houston actually landing Bosh. news services reported that, "The Houston Rockets believe they will have commitment "soon" from Chris Bosh to sign with the team after Miami Heat teammate LeBron James annou...

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