Best Potential Trade Destinations for Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik

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Best Potential Trade Destinations for Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik
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The Houston Rockets have made strides, but they're looking to take another step. They aren't NBA championship contenders just yet.

General manager Daryl Morey will no doubt be exploring a number of options this summer, and one of those options is trading point guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik.

The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen explains:

According to an individual familiar with the Rockets’ plans, they are confident they would be able to move Lin and Asik’s contracts because unlike their failed efforts to trade Asik last season, they would be looking to clear cap room, rather than bring back rotation players with similar contracts.

Clearing cap space may be the team's primary objective, but that would seriously limit the potential destinations for Lin and Asik. The only teams that could absorb their contracts without exchanging similarly priced deals are teams that are well under the salary cap.

At least $16 million under the cap, to be exact.

Though the two players are owed just under $15 million apiece next season, their actual cap hits are close to $8.4 million apiece due to an unusual contractual provision.

That certainly makes it a bit easier to trade Lin and Asik as a package, though there's nothing requiring the franchise to do so. It may have an easier time parting ways with them in separate deals.

Nevertheless, if Morey wants to deal them both in one fell swoop, there are several ways to get it done.

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