The Lakers put in a waiver claim on Lin after Golden State dropped him on Dec. 9, but the Houston Rockets had a worse record last season and thus were awarded Lin ahead of the Lakers. After the Rockets also waived Lin on Dec. 24, the Lakers were again interested but didnít even bother putting in a claim after realizing other teams with worse records last season were again going after Lin.
This is to furthermore, kill any speculation by Kobesabi and DK that the lakers were "sleeping" on the job.
Not only did they want him, they were in line to get him. New CBA rules didn't allow them to because others had first priority.