It's not clear at this early stage what other pieces would be involved in the potential trade, but Houston would not want to take back any salary commitments in order to free up as much cap space as possible to go after Knicks free agent forward Carmelo Anthony or the Heat's Chris Bosh. Lin, who turns 26 next month, is owed $15 million next season but only $8.4 million of it will count toward the salary cap. The Sixers would also want one future first-round draft pick to go along with Lin, according to Stein.
The Bucks are also interested in Lin, although it's not clear at what stage, if any, Milwaukee is in discussions with Houston, according to the report.
The earliest free agents can sign is July 10.