Ugh. I don't understand why no one else is asking this question. I'm so stupefied about it I'm dedicating a FanPost to the subject.
Jeremy Lin was just traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Houston's 1st round draft pick in exchange for "cash and the rights to an overseas player", per Woj. The question is: Why the Lakers, Houston?? If all Houston needed was some cap relief, why did they choose, as a trade partner they'd be handing two assets to, the Los Angeles Lakers -- a hated enemy for practically the entire Western Conference??
Come on, Houston! The Lakers were on the ropes! They didn't have a 1st round draft pick in 2015 or 2017! How long has the conference been waiting for Kobe Bryant to retire/start sucking from old age? They're not getting Carmelo! They were finally going to sit in a pit for a while! Now they're going to have Lin for a year, extra cap space after that, and a brand spanking new 1st round pick that they don't deserve...for NOTHING.
Sorry to turn into Lewis Black there for a second, but why wasn't this trade made to some random Eastern Conference team? Yes, Lin has a $15 million expiring contract. But correct me if I'm wrong, expiring contracts are assets, not liabilities, to teams trying to make themselves more flexible. The Lakers aren't the only team with cap space that would have loved to pick up a first round pick and Lin as a 1 year rental for nothing...
...but the Rockets went and helped 'em out.
I didn't think it was possible to hate these two teams more, but here we are.