Besides euphoria in Cleveland, LeBron James’ decision to go back home had a predictable result: it unclogged the market for NBA free agents.
In the first post-King move, the Houston Rockets completed a trade that sent Jeremy Lin and a first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers. Lin is under contract for only one more season and moving him now allows the Rockets to clear salary-cap space for what appears to be a successful run at free-agent Chris Bosh. They’ve offered James’ former Heat sidekick a maximum contract of $88 million over four years. ESPN reports that Bosh is expected to commit soon and first reported that the Lin deal had been completed.
Earlier in free agency, the Rockets agreed to trade Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in another Bosh-motivated move.