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Boston Celtics Receive: C Omer Asik, PF Terrence Jones, PG Jeremy Lin and a first-round pick
Houston Rockets Receive: PG Rajon Rondo and SF Gerald Wallace
This one would obviously have to go down after the trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Celtics becomes official.
Lin may not be the ideal point guard for Boston, but Danny Ainge can look at it as trading away three-years and $30 million worth of Wallace for two years and roughly $17 million for a starting point guard.
Consider what is preventing the Celtics from trading Rondo as well. Rebuilding teams need to give fans a reasons to come watch the games. Right now, Rondo is Boston's reason. Lin may not be a viable replacement on the court, but his continued global reach can keep seats filled.
Landing Asik is something that should interest a Celtics team that is still void of any formidable size. Once upon a time, for like a second, Kris Humphries was a double-double machine, yet he can't crash the glass as effectively against seven footers the way, you know, an actual seven footer can.
Jones had a successful stint in the D-League during his rookie season and adds a promising stretch 4 to Boston's roster. The first-round pick is useful for obvious reasons, as the Celtics continue to collect them like trading cards.
In Rondo, the Rockets would have a starting point guard who they could insert next to Harden and potentially Howard. Even if superman re-signs with the Los Angeles Lakers or heads elsewhere, a trio of Parsons, Rondo and Harden is still intriguing.
A ball-dominating point man isn't necessarily what's best for Harden, but he made it work next to Russell Westbrook. Rondo is also a pass-first floor general, changing things considerably.
Wallace's contract is a necessary evil if Houston wishes to land Rondo and could potentially enable the Rockets to remove the first-round pick from this equation if Ainge becomes giddy at the thought of shedding Crash's deal alone.
Alone, Lin isn't going to net the Rockets another star. Placed alongside the right assets and willingness to provide financial relief, though, he just might.