According to a report, the Milwaukee Bucks might consider making a deal with the Houston Rockets for point guard Jeremy Lin.
The Rockers are trying to create salary cap to add a premier free agent and Lin is due $15 million next season.
According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Bucks might consider a Lin deal if the Rockets sweeten the pot a bit in exchange for Milwaukee absorbing the poison-pill year of the deal Lin signed with Houston in 2012.
Stein reported that the Philadelphia 76ers have also shown interest in a deal for Lin.
However, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported that the $15 million—which would only count as $8.4 million against the salary cap because of the way Lin’s deal was structured—is too much for Milwaukee to take.
The Bucks like Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin as a player, but have no interest in his $15 million salary next season, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 5, 2014
In addition to weighing possible trade for Lin, I’m told Bucks are pitching offer sheet to RFA Eric Bledsoe and pursuing PG Greivis Vasquez
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 5, 2014
However, the Toronto Sun was reporting Friday that a deal was imminent between Vasquez and the Raptors.
Lin played 71 games and started 33 for Houston last season, averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and one steal in 28.9 minutes per game while shooting .446/.358/.823. But he had a poor series against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs, averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 29.5 minutes a game, while shooting.410/.217/.813.
Bledsoe missed 39 games last season after surgery for a torn meniscus, but still averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.9 minutes a game, shooting .477/.357/.772 in his first season in Phoenix after three years as a backup with the Los Angeles Clippers.
It is odd that the Bucks would be pursuing point guards, particularly guys like Lin and Bledsoe who are more combo guard than true point guard, considering Milwaukee already has Brandon Knight.
Knight played 72 games and averaged 17.9 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and one steal in 33.3 minutes per game after coming over from the Detroit Pistons in the Brandon Jennings sign-and-trade last summer. Knight shot .422/.325/.802.