The Bucks are reportedly one of the teams interested in taking back Lin and the $14.9 million ($8.4 million cap hit) he’s owed in the final year of his three-year,$25.1 million contract. Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists in 71 games last season, splitting time as the starting point guard with Patrick Beverley.
While Lin is far from the final piece to the puzzle that will push Milwaukee into contention, trading for him would make sense - depending, of course, upon what assets the Bucks could acquire in addition to Lin. With the Bucks still in rebuilding mode for at least another season, taking on Lin’s contract would be a low-risk move that could net a major asset or two.
The key to any potential deal is what the Rockets would be willing to include to entice a team like Milwaukee to take one season of Lin’s inflated contract.
Would they part with Terrance Jones? A future first-rounder? Multiple first-rounders? At this point, who knows. But if Houston is intent upon clearing enough room to add a max or near-max player like Bosh, they’ll need to be willing to part with a young asset or pick in order to do so.
More on this as it develops.