Lin is too pricey to be a backup which is what he is.
The Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets and the Detroit Pistons would be absolutely perfect.
The latter squad made a big splash signing Josh Smith, but they still need someone to run the offense. Smith may love to jack up bad shots like a combo guard, but he isn’t a combo guard. Lin is. He would instantly make Detroit’s offense fun to watch and he’d fit in perfectly with a group that’s stacked from a bigs perspective, but is lacking when it comes to impressive guard play.
Charlotte is a less ideal landing spot than Detroit, but it also would be a pretty solid fit for Lin. Although there is a lot of hoopla regarding his contract, who exactly besides Al Jefferson has willingly come to the Bobcats in recent years? They need to make a splashy move of some sort, and Lin dominating the ball here wouldn’t be much of a problem either. From both a PR and basketball standpoint, it makes sense. And whereas Houston clearly always had its sights set on acquiring a big name star, Charlotte’s aspirations are much less lofty. They’ll be satisfied with Lin so long as he produces.
At the end of the day, regardless of where Lin ends up, the Rockets do want to trade him. Fans can delude themselves into thinking otherwise if they want, but that won’t change the facts at hand. One way or another, if there is a move to be made, Morey will make it before the season begins.