Lin was technically still a Rocket, though he presumably would be traded in any scenario in which Houston acquired Anthony or another high-end free agent.
Of course, that didn't make Lin feel any less slighted.
"Luke 6:29 – If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also," Lin tweeted. "If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them."
Maybe Lin was onto something. The first five days of free agency were largely an exercise in inertia, leaving front-office executives around the NBA somewhat humbled in their pursuit of Anthony, LeBron James and the handful of other transformative talents.
Here, then, are a few more verses to provide perspective in the week ahead, when Anthony and James could shift the balance of power throughout the league . . . or have rendered this all one giant trivial pursuit.
Hebrews 11:1 — Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
It initially seemed like no biggie.
Now it's looking more like the 2013-14 season may go down as their "Abbey Road," one final foray before everything fell apart.
What has been described as a disconnect among the Big Three over its plans has prompted teams to start lining up pitches to Bosh in case the trio decides to split up.
James reportedly wants a shortened maximum contract that would pay him $20.7 million next season, Anthony and Bosh haven't agreed to significant pay cuts, and Heat President Pat Riley hasn't made any tangible progress on the free-agent front.
Targets Kyle Lowry, Marcin Gortat and Spencer Hawes have agreed to sign elsewhere. The still-obtainable Pau Gasol and Luol Deng would have to take massive pay cuts to come aboard. On the plus side, Kris Humphries is still available!
Meanwhile, James' agent has been meeting with suitors in his Cleveland office, with Yahoo's always reliable Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that finalists could be invited back to meet with James himself in the coming days unless Riley quickly rejiggers the Heat's roster to James' liking.
So far, Miami has only Norris Cole under contract for next season.
We wouldn't want to be living the life of Riley right now.
Hebrews 13:5 — Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have . . .
Staying with the things-aren't-what-they-seemed theme, Anthony was widely thought to be more likely than James to uproot at the outset of free agency.
That sentiment was so last week.
Anthony now appears to be on the verge of staying put, with one report stating he may be willing to accept slightly less than a maximum contract to give New York Knicks President Phil Jackson more financial flexibility in summers to come.