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NBA: Lakers land Asian-American guard Lin from Rockets

Published on Jul 14, 2014 6:43 AM
 
Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets drives against Mo Williams of the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center on April 20, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Jeremy Lin, the point guard whose 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks sparked a brief "Linsanity" phenomenon, was traded by Houston to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. -- PHOTO: AFP

NBA: Lakers land Asian-American guard Lin from Rockets LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2014 (AFP) - Jeremy Lin, the point guard whose 2012 heroics for the New York Knicks sparked a brief "Linsanity" phenomenon, was traded by Houston to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Lin became the first Chinese-American to play in the NBA, with a grandmother living in China and his parents from Taiwan, and his star turn in New York led him to sign a three-year deal with Houston for US$25 million (S$31 million) in 2012.

The Rockets also sent the Lakers a future first-round pick in the NBA Draft and a second-round selection next year in exchange for the rights to Ukraine's Sergei Lishchuk, a move that will free salary space for Houston to help complete a free agent deal for Trevor Ariza.

Lin, 25, averaged 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game for the Rockets last season. In 217 games over four NBA campaigns, Lin has averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds a game.

 
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