Jeremy Lin will join the Lakers as part of trade with Houston Rockets

By Ricky Yandoli,

The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to acquire Jeremy Lin in a trade with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are clearing salary-cap space, while the Lakers got a quality NBA player to sell tickets in Los Angeles.

The Lakers wanted to make this deal happen also because they knew Lin would be under contract for just one season with them, ESPN reports. The Lakers are willing to give Lin a chance to see what he can do for the historic franchise.

Houston is also looking to trade Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans to have more flexibility to sign an All-Star or other talented free agent. Chris Bosh, who the Rockets wanted the most, is out of the question because he has opted to return to the Heat, Yahoo Sports announced.

The Rockets have not won an NBA championship since 1995, and are looking to have a core group of high caliber talent to compete in the future. A heavy push is aimed possibly matching the Dallas Mavericks' offer to Chandler Parsons, in order to keep him with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

As a Houston Rocket last season, Lin averaged 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists, according to NBA.com.

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