The Daily Blast – February 5, 2013

Wild Speculation -It’s trade talk time. ESPN’s 5-on-5 has several Rockets-related scenarios. Here’s a quick rundown of ideas floated by contributors:

1. Gasol to the Rockets, Omer Asik and Marcus Morris to the Hawks, Josh Smith, Cole Aldrich and Terrence Jones to the Lakers.

2. Smith to the Rockets for Patrick Patterson, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and Cole Aldrich.

3. Smith to the Rockets for Chandler Parsons, Motiejunas, Marcus Morris (or Terrence Jones) and Carlos Delfino.

If the Trade Machine has to work any harder it will probably sling a rod.

After the jump: one year of Linsanity.

Happy Linaversary – The good folks over at Ball Don’t Lie commemorate a year since Lin burst on the scene in the Big Apple.

DwightwatchLakers GM Mitch Kupchak tells Newsday:

“We will not make a trade. We will not trade Dwight Howard. We have no intention of making a trade. It’s unlikely that we’ll make any trade with any of our principal players. To make another change at this time of the year being behind the eight-ball like we are, I think that would just make it more difficult. The talent is there. We have to find our way.”

So there you go. The Lakers are never, ever, ever trading Dwight. Like, ever. But when Superman sits down with ESPN, he totally dodges whether he will stay with L.A. for the longterm.

Tweet That – Jeremy Lin looks in the rearview.

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StatCheck: Open Question - Josh Smith is assisted on 74% of his made jump shots this season, according to What I would love to know to shed light on how he might fit in Houston: what is his percentage on spot-up attempts in general? As Grantland pointed out last week, he is arguably the worst volume mid-range shooter in the game. He actually shoots about 8% better from three.

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