Jeremy Lin traded to Lakers as Rockets maneuver for Chris Bosh


The writing was on the wall for Jeremy Lin, never more clearly than when the Rockets recruited Carmelo Anthony in a jersey bearing his number. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle / AP)

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.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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