Houston Rockets: Was Jeremy Lin Contract for Business or Basketball?

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Mar 16, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin (7) is pressured by Miami Heat forward Shane Battier (31) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Every time my buddy Peter and I have a beer or two, I always try to make him convince me that the Houston Rockets‘ signing of Jeremy Lin was a “basketball move” rather than a “business move”.

The conversation usually concludes with me yelling about the Asian economic market and how much I can’t stand Jeremy Lin’s huge contract; to which Pete usually responds with something along the lines of, “Daryl Morey says that only two-thirds of the league is actually competitive… [And] at that time we definitely signed him for his basketball skills over anything related to marketability.”

So is Jeremy Lin a true product of hard work and persistence, or did the Houston Rockets overpay a player, knowing they could recoup his faults with the money that would be made within the Asian market?

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