The Houston Rockets traded Jeremy Lin and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for virtually nothing, a Daryl Morey move that is haunting the Rockets up to now, according to Paper City Magazine writer Chris Baldwin.
Baldwin, who has been covering the Rockets for years since his time as an editor for Culture Map Houston and now with the Paper City Magazines, believes Morey botched a deal in a big way roughly when he sent Lin to the Lakers for a bunch of ‘Euro-stash players.’
Beyond the all-around game Lin provided to the table, Baldwin thinks Morey and the Rockets took for granted an ultra-competitive player that often willed the team when the going gets tough.
The scribbler added that he wasn’t surprised at all to see the Rockets struggling to make in the top-8 in the Western Conference, and it’s all because of that decision to trade Lin two years ago.
“Heart isn’t always easy to quantify in professional sports, but you should know when you have it on your roster. Morey had it in Lin, but never seemed to care. Instead, the Rockets discounted, dissed and eventually discarded one of the NBA’s more unique talents. Lin makes players around him better. When Lin’s on the court and allowed to run the point, it’s easier for his teammates to score.
Morey will desperately struggle to try to sneak the Rockets back into the playoffs this spring, because his owner, Leslie Alexander, will accept nothing less. But even if that’s “mission accomplished,” this is a franchise going nowhere. It turns out that Daryl Morey built a house of cards.”
After a nightmarish stint under Byron Scott in Los Angeles, Lin is having a steady season with the Charlotte Hornets, becoming the team’s no.1 contributor off the bench.
The former Harvard standout averages at least 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes per contest, but most of all he gives Hornets more versatility on that backcourt.
The Rockets, meanwhile, reached the Western Conference finals last season but are currently in a dog-fight with the Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers for the 8th playoff spot in the West.