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Report: Sixers a viable trade destination for Omer Asik

Dec 8, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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The reports surrounding the status of Rockets big man Omer Asik will continue their steady stream until the inevitable trade happens.

Houston wanted to make it work with Asik playing alongside Dwight Howard, but that experiment failed and with Asik being disgruntled in his situation and constantly requesting to be traded, the Rockets seem determined to get a deal done in the not-too-distant future.

Talks are ongoing with multiple teams, but it appears that one may have jumped to the front of the line given the pieces involved that would make sense for both sides.

From Marc Stein of

Keep your eye on Philadelphia. Front-runner would be overstating it, but the notion that the Sixers are a viable destination for Asik is increasingly making the rounds. And that certainly makes sense given (A) Philly’s front office is run by a certified Asik fan, former Rockets exec Sam Hinkie; (B) Philly has a frontcourt player to send back to Houston, in Thaddeus Young) whose skill set can click with Dwight Howard’s, albeit not as well as seemingly unattainable dream target Ryan Anderson; and (C) there really isn’t an Asik for Philly to draft with the high pick it’s likely to snag in the 2014 lottery.

Thad Young is one of the three players on Philadelphia’s roster, along with Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, who have more value around the league than they do on this rebuilding Sixers squad.

This particular trade would appear to be a win-win — Houston gets a complementary big to play alongside Howard, and Philadelphia gets a solid defensive center to build around for the future.

Nothing is likely to happen before Dec. 15, when players who signed free agent deals this past summer become eligible to be traded. But even after that date passes, it would be tough to see the Rockets getting an offer that better suited their needs.

  1. evolrider - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Would be surprised..seems like Nerlens Noel is supposed to be that “solid defensive center to build around for the future”

  2. General37 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Correct,evolrider!, they will not go after Asik, only a first rounder, or a young good shooting guard is what the 76ers should go after

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      I think trading Young and getting Asik would make them better. Too much better…in the east.

      Do they really want to make the playoffs by accident and risk not getting Jabari?

  3. phillysports1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    their bench is so weak. All they have is wrotten , besides that those other guys on the bench are all D-league players

    • somekat - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      so? They are trying to tank. Teams trying to tank to not go out and build a strong bench.

  4. crownmethegoat - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    just a straight up stupid trade

  5. somekat - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Sounds like a rumor being floated by Houston. Asik is not a franchise changing player. If he was, Houston would of been so worried about getting Howard. There is no reason for Philly to do this. This is a one way ticket back to “ok but not very good”, that they are now trying to get out of

    • somekat - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      The only way this happens is if this is a 3 way trade. The rumor is that the Rockets want 2 firsts for Asik, NEVER going to happen. But if they would take Young, maybe you can get a 3rd team to take Askik, Young going to Houston, and a first and change coming to Philly.

      • franbotel - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:09 AM

        From you post it seems u believe Young has more value that Asik, i doubt anybody that watches the NBA will agree except the Philly front office.

  6. 00maltliquor - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I don’t like it for Philly. It’s a win for HOU though. Sidenote: calling Thad Young a “big” just seems silly. I know he plays PF but what is he like 6″7, 6″8 with shoes on?! Big, lol

  7. phillysports1 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    OK reason I said that because if they do trade for Asik , go out and adjust their bench before they do anything stupid . I know they’re in tank mode . But then again is basketball , you win and loose . And if they win we can’t help it .. But yeah their bench is weak besides wrotten

    • somekat - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      why? Their starters are too bad to care about the bench at this time. You worry about a weak bench when your starters can compete. When your starters get spanked regularly, you worry about upgrading the starters before getting the bench stronger.

      Asik means Noel is useless. There’s no way the 2 of them can play together.

  8. freeworld - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    send young to houston and hawes to spurs. get asik and picks splitter to nola for stiemsma

  9. philadelphiafan - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Taking the business aspect out of it, I’d feel real bad for Thad if he got traded. His roots are in Philly and he was quoted saying he would be “devastated” if the Sixers ever traded him. (After Jrue was traded) And if they’re not getting a draft pick for him you keep him here and let him come off the bench next year when Noel is back.

    • somekat - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Thad is the one I would like to see them keep (with Hawes and Turner being dumped). With 2 good picks next year, Noel and MCW, he would be a great piece to have on the bench (and still pretty young). Having a guy like that on the team would be a great selling point for the FA’s they will be trying to bring in with all that space. maybe as good of a selling point as the young core they hope to put together

  10. birdzflyinhigh - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Is Marc Stein implying the sixers trade their 2014 first round pick (which looks all but a lock in the top 5) for Asik? I certainly hope not because the top 5 of this draft are franchise changing players. Asik is a good but not great player, you don’t trade the future for that.

    • somekat - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      No, he is suggesting they trade Thad Young for him. He is suggesting they go back to averageville…basically blow up everything they’ve been trying to accomplish, just because Hinkie used to be in Houston

  11. justindad2 - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    I would say Hawes PF/C, better fit the Rockets than Young.

  12. spursareold - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    If I’m the Philliy owner, I outright fire Hinkie if he trades away a 2014 lottery pick for this bum. Asik is a rim protector and a rebounder, so, essentially, he’s a big white Reggie Evans with emotional baggage.

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