Report: Rockets have deals lined up for Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin

Could Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik be traded?.  (USATSI)
Could Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik be traded? (USATSI)

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USA Today reports the Rockets have "lined up" trades for Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, but will execute them only if they can't land LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony in free agency. 

Asik and Lin have cap hits of $8.34 million next season, and poison-pill contracts for $15 million in actual salary. The Rockets unsuccessfully tried to trade Asik twice during the season, even setting an early season deadline to get a deal done to no avail.

So the idea of them having deals they can do whenever seems a little off. But the intention of such a smoke screen isn't immediately clear. Meanwhile, regardless of whether they are able to sign Anthony or James, they need to move one of the other, just to be able to make a little bit of room to find some sort of improvement.

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