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Jeremy Lin joins Lakers in trade with Houston

Rockets Eye Lin Deal With Lakers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Jeremy Lin joined the Lakers on Sunday in a trade with the Houston Rockets, who also gave up first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to European center Sergei Lishchuk.

Lin will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the salary cap. The Lakers have the cap room to absorb Lin's contract.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak says the trade allows the team to acquire a solid player and two draft picks while maintaining financial flexibility.

Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists last season, but lost his starting job because coach Kevin McHale preferred Patrick Beverley's defensive play.

Lin was born in Los Angeles and figures to be popular with the region's large Asian community. He was raised in Northern California and played four years at Harvard.

Lishchuk is from Ukraine and played for Valencia of the Spanish ACB League last season, appearing in the Euro Cup. He was drafted by Memphis in 2004 and traded to the Rockets in February 2008 before landing with the Lakers as part of a three-way trade with New Jersey in December 2010.

Also, the Lakers signed Julius Randle to a rookie contract. The forward was drafted seventh overall and is with the Lakers' Summer League team in Las Vegas.

Randle started all 40 games in his lone season at Kentucky. He averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds and was the SEC freshman of the year.

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Sophie1150 July 14 2014 at 11:07 AM

If Lin doesn't bow down to Bryant, he will be gone

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Charles July 14 2014 at 10:59 AM

Solid player can come off the bench and spark an offense, understands team play, will get better on defense because the lakers teach that.

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clwgeorgetownlaw July 14 2014 at 9:23 AM

Not even an NBA caliber player -- He willl be perfect for the Lakers

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Fizban clwgeorgetownlaw July 14 2014 at 10:03 AM

That's a stupid comment. I'm no Lin fan, however, he did average almost 13 points and 4 assists per game last season. This proves he has talent. The bad side is he plays no defense. Although there are a lot of players in the NBA who don't play defense.

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roseannfrn July 14 2014 at 11:30 AM

The Rockets are making a big mistake but no matter, Lin is welcome anywhere he goes. I am a big fan and I am in NYC. COME BACK TO NY LIN!!!! We love you.

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lhelix1965 July 13 2014 at 11:36 PM

The Bakers are becoming more of a joke with each passing day.

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theemovado July 13 2014 at 11:14 PM

Hahahahahahaha! Lin-sanity. Hahahahahaha!

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johnnymac862 July 14 2014 at 11:42 AM

i hope he does well, he is a class act, he gave NY " linsanity" a few years ago, and could continue to thrive in the right setting. There are some better PG's in the league, but none classier than J Lin, i hope he makes all the $$$$ he can, he's a global brand ( being asian) and he represents the NBA as a total gentleman. He's a proven scorer in this league, and in the right circumstance, he would add a lot to another team. GO J LIN.

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vigilfontana July 14 2014 at 11:23 AM

Who cares. Lin is just a guy to fill up the roster. They could have done worse.

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geldonski July 14 2014 at 12:33 PM

I am shocked that this D-Leaguer is still in the NBA

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jarmst2534 July 13 2014 at 10:04 PM

Looks like the Lakers are trying to figure out how to fill seats until 2016. A Cinderella time? We can only hope. Oh well, go Clippers!

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