The time of if/then scenarios has arrived as the NBA free-agency period is in full swing. Teams and players have been discussing potential deals since midnight July 1 and some agreements have been made.
However, a few of the biggest fish in the pond have still yet to be hooked by an NBA team. Here is the latest information on potential trades and free-agent rumblings.
Houston Willing to Dump Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to Make Room For Dwight Howard
After prying Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik away from the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, respectively, last season, the Houston Rockets are willing to part ways with both if they can convince Dwight Howard to sign with them, says Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.
The Rockets continue to gauge interest in Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik around the league. If they sign Dwight Howard, both players may be moved.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2013
Lin and Asik both signed ridiculous three-year deals worth $25 million last offseason. The Bulls and Knicks chose not to match the offers quite possibly because $14.9 million of the total is due to each player in the final year of the deal.
The Bulls and Knicks knew that third year could severely cripple them, so they let the players walk.
Lin was a disappointment as he averaged 13 points and six assists per game during the regular season but only four points and two assists per game in the playoffs.
Asik was a big surprise for the Rockets. He averaged a double-double for the season with 10 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. In the playoffs, he was just as good with 12.3 points and 11.2 rebounds.
Because of the players' performances, the Rockets probably won't have an issue finding a suitor for Asik, but getting someone to take Lin's deal could be problematic.
Detroit Pistons Interested in Rudy Gay
Who would be the bigger addition to Detroit?
Now, Brian Windhorst of ESPN is reporting the Pistons "are after" Toronto Raptors star Rudy Gay. It would seem Gay's and Iguodala's spots on the roster would clash—as would their prospective salaries—but no one can blame the Pistons for trying to improve.
Per Windhorst, the Pistons have offered the expiring deals of Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva to the Raptors. This would possibly appeal to the Raptors if they are indeed tanking for a potentially epic 2014 draft class.
Stay tuned for news on this story. The Pistons could be in for a vast improvement if their aggression results in the addition of at least two marquee players.
Dwight Howard Making His Decision in Colorado
After hearing the pitches from all his potential suitors, Howard will take time to make his decision in Colorado, according to sources reported by Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
Howard is the top free agent available this offseason and his decision should set the ball rolling on others throughout the NBA. The teams involved in the Howard sweepstakes have likely put their secondary plans on hold while they wait to hear from D12.
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