"This trade allows us to acquire a solid player who will make us a better team, as well as draft picks to improve our team in the future, while at the same time allowing us to maintain financial flexibility,” said General Manager
The Lakers also acquired the Houston Rockets' 2015 first-round pick, along with a heavily protected 2015 second-rounder from the Clippers which was previously traded to the Rockets. The Lakers should only receive the pick from the Clippers if it's in the 51-55 range.
Lin has averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 assists a game over his four-year career. Last season with Houston, Lin shot 44.6% from the field and 35.8% from three-point range.
In return, the Lakers will send the draft rights to Sergei Lishchuk — the 49th pick from the 2004
Lishchuk had previously been traded to the Rockets in 2008. He was acquired by the Lakers in a 2011 deal sending
To make room for Lin, the Lakers ventured below the NBA's salary cap ($63.1 million) for the first time since 1996.
The Lakers will lose
Once a player becomes a free agent, the team holds their rights until they re-sign, leave for another team or are renounced.
On Sunday, the Lakers also renounced the rights to a long list of players who lingered on their books including
The Lakers have agreed to re-sign