The organization's offseason plans appeared to be sputtering amidst uncertainties surrounding whether Dwight Howard would become a Rocket or otherwise head to the Los Angeles Lakers. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been focused on acquiring Howard from the Orlando Magic despite his apparent unwillingness to sign a long-term extension with the team.
Accordingly, Houston's summer has involved stockpiling trade assets rather than assembling a roster capable of making a playoff push.
Getting Lin will change that, at least in part.
The 23-year-old's three-year agreement won't keep him around forever, but he'll have plenty of time to help the Rockets maintain some measure of respectability in the short term.
His ability to make contributions on the court while retaining his phenomenal off-court celebrity appeal makes this a perfect fit.