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That Houston’s Asik for New Orleans’ Anderson trade? Don’t bet on it.

Nov 22, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

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On paper it seems like a great trade.

The Rockets really want a stretch four to go next to Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson may be the best in the business. The Pelicans have a budding young superstar in Anthony Davis they could use a solid big who can do some of the dirty work next to him, someone like Omer Asik.

The salaries are pretty close, so why not Anderson for Asik?

A few reasons, notes Marc Stein at ESPN. Don’t expect this deal to go down.

1. The Pelicans love how Anderson fits into their core and are said to believe his ability to space the floor does as much for Anthony Davis as a bruising center like Asik would.

2. The Pelicans love the production Anderson gives them, and the very reasonable contract he possesses in relation to that production. Asik’s offensive limitations will be even harder to stomach next season when that balloon payment valued at nearly $15 million kicks in.

3. Anderson is under contract to the Pelicans for two more seasons after this one on those favorable terms: $34 million over four years. Asik can become a free agent in the summer of 2015, and likewise can’t be extended by the team that acquires him this season because he has fewer than three seasons left on his current contract.

To recap: The Pelicans like Anderson and he is a better financial deal. The Pelicans front office isn’t stupid, don’t bet on this happening.

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Sorry, you need to go back to the trade machine and come up with another deal.

  1. legend30 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    This is what I been saying. Pelicans loves Ryan Anderson, but keep thinking this trade should happen. Keep an eye on Boston. Some of you people grind my gears.

    • legend30 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      but people keep*

  2. 00maltliquor - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Awwwww c’moooon!! What does that dude in The Waterboy say? “You can dooo iiit!”

  3. felser - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    While I also don’t see this trade happening, you may be overestimating the Pelicans front office. I think the Jru Holiday trade is gonna look really bad for them in a year or two.

  4. moseskkim - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    i always thought this was the perfect trade for both teams. pelicans should probably reconsider. davis i hope he stays healthy, but their starting center smith is pretty fragile and they have hardly any depth should he get hurt. they would have to go ultra small with aminu at the 4 and maybe tyreke starting at the 3 if smith were to go down.

  5. ryanrockzzz - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    The problem with trading Asik is the value, IMO. The Rockets want an impact player for a player who is only impact because of scarcity at a position. The team trading for him would have to be a solid center away from big things to give up a solid piece. There aren’t that many teams out there. I think if the pricetag comes down, the Rockets can get a deal done. Or Asik can manup for the rest of the year and choose his destination next year.

    I think for the Pelicans, adding size up front isn’t bad, but Asik would once again be coming off the bench. I actually think having Davis and Asik on the court at the same time would be a bad choice. Davis has looked really comfortable this year, and I wouldn’t want to ruin that feeling. The Pelicans would be better adding a true depth center behind Davis, to take pressure off Smith, who really isn’t suited for that role.

  6. adzs - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    If you look at the Pelicans 3 point shooting statistics before Ryno’s return and after, its pretty clear just how valuable he is to our team; very little chance of this trade happening, especially considering how great he and Davis look on the floor together particularly offensively, and the lack of long range shooting on our team should Anderson be traded

  7. flyrocket31 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Jeff Green!

    • 00maltliquor - Nov 23, 2013 at 3:39 AM

      Ummm…Chandler Parsons?

  8. qpoiu1 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    The Rockets already have plenty of perimeter shooters, what they really need at the PF position is a more all-around player, that can work 15-18 feet and maintain the spacing while defending, rebounding, passing well. Paul Millsap fits perfectly this description

  9. cmart0907 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Dont forget the rockets have that young guy at PF by the name of Terrence Jones who just went for 24 and 10 on 10-12 shooting the other night. Young and Athletic. Asik to the SPURS!!!!

    • irvfin3 - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      nah spurs don’t need him at all. celtics or mavs should try to get him.

  10. thesmokingapple - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    What about Boston? Send Lin and Asik, get Rondo. Imagine Rondo giving assists to Dwight, Harden and Parsons.

  11. daddyghi - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    who defends better? asik or dalembert? or neither?

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