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Jeremy Lin's Disappointing Play Makes His Contract Difficult to Trade

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21:  Jeremy Lin #7 of the Houston Rockets handles the ball under pressure from Kendrick Perkins #5 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the first half of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on April 21, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder defeated the Rockets 120-91.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 3, 2013

The Houston Rockets should have a hard time moving Jeremy Lin's contract.

I say should because there is always the chance that a team will make the same mistake the Rockets made last offseason when they gave Lin a back-loaded three-year $25 million deal, per Spotrac.com.

According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, the Rockets are ready and willing to dump Lin and Omer Asik in an effort to clear space for Dwight Howard.

The Rockets—like a handful of other potential D12 suitors—are awaiting the top free agent's decision. If Howard does choose the Rockets, finding a team willing to pay Lin $20 million over the next two seasons should be a challenge.

Last season Lin averaged a decent 13 points and six assists per game. However, in the playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Lin averaged just four points and two assists per game.

For the entire NBA season, Lin ranked in the top 10 among point guards in just two categories (steals, eighth and blocks, 10th). He was 18th in field goal percentage, 22nd in assists and 46th in three-point percentage.

For a player who is set to make $14.8 million during the 2014-15 season, that is a very discouraging stat line for a potential trade partner.

One has to wonder if at 24 years old, Lin has peaked. If he has, he's still a decent point guard, but hardly worth the money he's due. In order for Lin to maximize his abilities, he needs to land in another offense that puts the ball in his hands all the time.

In New York under Mike D'Antoni, the offense was perfect for him as all the action ran through him. But finding another situation that caters to Lin is difficult for the Rockets and risky for the potential suitor.

The team that believes in Lin would be basing their faith on his spectacular 25-game stretch from the 2011-12 season with the Knicks. We saw last season, that wasn't necessarily indicative of what Lin would do for a full season.

The Rockets may ultimately be forced to take next to nothing just to unload the ill-advised deal.

 

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