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Report: Rockets stepping up efforts to move Omer Asik

Dec 6, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

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I would say the fact Houston has put Omer Asik on the trade block is the worst kept secret in the NBA, except it’s not a secret. Everybody knows it.

The only questions are when he gets moved and where he lands.

Talks have not progressed all that quickly because while other teams come in with lowball offers the Rockets front office remains “delusional” (choose your spin on this one, both are probably based in reality). But now comes this from Marc Stein of ESPN.

What I would take this to mean is you can expect a rash of rumors and maybe an Asik trade somewhere between Dec. 15 (the day that guys signed this summer become eligible to be traded) and Dec. 19. If there is no deal by then, it likely will be closer to the deadline.

One team we know was in some level of conversation with Houston was Portland, although a swap for Robin Lopez just brings in another center when what the Rockets want is really a stretch four. And no, New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson is not going to get moved (especially now with Anthony Davis out).

We’ll see how this plays out in about 10 days.

  1. heat256 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    So they only want 6 1st rounders now for him?

  2. mickeyxmoody - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Nash and Hill + some potatoes for Lin and Asik

    • mytthor - Dec 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      why in the world would the Lakers do that? To get slower and subtract shooting, while raising payroll and cutting flexibility by adding contract years?

  3. heat256 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I’d hate to say it, but Bosh for Asik/Lin would make sense for both teams. bosh would thrive having Howard anchor the D and rebound, and his shooting can pull opposing PFs out of the paint, while Asik can actually rebound and defend the post. It will most likely not happen, and I can get excited watching the Joel “Warden” Anthony trade tracker info instead.

    • legend30 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Let’s hope we can get a bag of popcorn for Joel. For your trade proposal (Bosh for Asik/Lin) if they add T. Jones, then I’ll do it. I can’t see Riley trading Bosh at this point, but man I would love to have Asik. Bosh can’t rebound for s***!

      • heat256 - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Wait, is the popcorn fresh? Cuz if it’s not, no deal. I would never count Riley out of doing anything, especially if at least Wade and James were on board. But I really don’t see anything big coming from them. They are a very “stay the course organization”.

      • timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        ok bandwagon heat fans

      • legend30 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        I’m a bandwagon fan, because I live in South Florida? Alright cool…

    • antistratfordian - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Haha. Here we have an example of the annual “Bosh-shot-1-for-18-in-Chicago-and-must-be-traded” moment from a Heat fan.

      I think you have to consider how a player like Asik would completely change the offense that Miami has been building for the last three years (this offense has been so successful that almost every other team has been adopting it in some form or another). But an Asik-like player would be glued to the paint, which means the opposing C will always be there with him. It negatively affects their spacing philosophy and would essentially keep the biggest possible obstacle in front of LeBron and Wade every time they drive. This also leads to less open three opportunities.

      But Miami defends very well as it is, and they have an excellent offense – top 8 in both categories – so I don’t see any reason to make such a major change.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Finally, somebody who understands something about basketball. Miami’s offense was #1 in efficiency last year and that’s how they won the title. With excellent, efficient offense and aggressive trapping and double teaming on defense. Getting rid of Bosh would screw everything up on offense.

    • homergreenz - Dec 6, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      I’m surprised that you don’t realize how important Bosh’s shooting from the elbow is in the scheme of your favorite team’s offensive scheme. Asik makes zero sense for the Heat, unless they suddenly want to change everything around in the middle of this season.

    • stormhound420 - Dec 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Asik would NEVER make it in a Heat uniform, he doesn’t have the team first mentality needed to bbe part of the championship experience in Miami.

  4. sdemp - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Bucks should consider trading Larry Sanders and whatever else (no 1st rd. picks) is required to make the deal work.

    • bougin89 - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      His contract extension hasn’t even started yet. Nobody wants the next 4 years and 44 million of Larry Sanders, at least not at this moment with all of his off court crap and finger injury. He needs to get it in gear and quickly.

  5. imakcds - Dec 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    the problems created by acquiring a Dwight Howard continue to mount, as has been his history.
    this is not the first nor the last problem the Rockets will face: it’s a long season, not to mention he’s got a long contract.

    • stormhound420 - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Quit being such a Hater, it’s not Howards fault Asik was such a baby as to not even want to wait and see what plans the team had for him and Howard together. This is ASIK’S problem, not Howard’s.

      • imakcds - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Hate has nothing to do with Truth.
        Might have something to do with the inability to recognize truth and the unacceptance of Reality, tho.

  6. ramrodmclean - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    The Clippers could really use Asik but it is impossible to arrange a fair swap between Houston and LAC. Would have to bring in a third team like Phoenix to facilitate a deal.

  7. ramrodmclean - Dec 7, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Here’s a deal that was successful in the Trade Machine, so why not IRL:

    LAC gets: Omer Asik + Ronnie Brewer

    Houston gets: Emeka Okafor + One of Phoenix’s protected 2014 First Rounders

    Phoenix gets: DeAndre Jordan + Jamal Crawford

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