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Report: Rockets look to trade Asik next week, Varejao in play

Dec 13, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

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There’s a small window at the start of next week where we could see a little flurry of trades.

On Dec. 15 everyone who signed a contract this summer becomes eligible to be traded. Anyone traded before Dec. 19 can be traded again at the trading deadline (after that you are stuck with the player through the end of the season).

Which leads to this interesting tweet last night from David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT.

The Rockets have been looking to trade Omer Asik for a power forward that could pair well with Howard — although frankly Terrence Jones seems to be that guy. The Rockets’ starting lineup with Jones has been the best five-man unit in the NBA (minimum 150 minutes). Of course, it didn’t work out that way Thursday night as that lineup was -15 in a loss to the Trail Blazers, but in general it’s been good.

Varejao is interesting. When healthy — and that has been an issue the past few seasons — he is very strong on the glass, plays well on offense out of the high post and he’s a good defender. He’s not a stretch four, but he could provide depth both at the four (next to Howard at times) and he can play some backup center when needed.

Varejao is a name to watch, but it’s the dates next week when you can expect something to happen.

  1. stadix093 - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Dwight and Anderson playing together will equal a lot of rebounds and zero spacing. I bet Harden loves that idea.

    • halfbaht - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Never going to happen. If NO let Anderson go, it will be to Memphis for Z-Bo, not to Houston of Asik.

      • halfbaht - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        And that deal ain’t going to happen either. Why would NO want to give up one of the best, if not the best, stretch 4 in the game?

      • spursareold - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        I think Anderson in his post refers to Anderson Varejao. If it were the Anderson from NO, the “no spacing” comment wouldn’t make sense.

      • stadix093 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        @halfbaht I was talking about Anderson Verejao my dude. I don’t think NO will be sending Ryan Anderson to the rockets either. So we agree.

    • deavn - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      You probably haven’t been watching Cavs games this year, but Andy has developed a pretty consistent 15 foot jump shot.

  2. halfbaht - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Varejao? I’d rather keep Asik

  3. Kevin S. - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Anybody who is traded to a team that finishes the trade under the cap can be traded immediately without restriction. Anybody who is traded to a team that finishes the trade over the cap can be traded immediately so long as his salary is not aggregated with other outgoing players to make the trade math work. Houston gets more flexibility with its incoming players if it completes a trade before December 19th, but they aren’t stuck with them.

    http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q98

  4. legend30 - Dec 13, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Sticking with my prediction. Asik will be traded to Boston.

    • bougin89 - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      For who and why?

  5. ljl2 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    While Varejao may be good next to Howard (especially given the development of his mid range shot, no seriously, look into his numbers), Asik makes no sense for the Cavs. He’d be in basically the same situation he wants out of now.

  6. sensiblevoice - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Asik for Z-Bo straight up

  7. homergreenz - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Verajao’s contract is very cap friendly.

    $9.1 million this season and a Team option for $9.8 million next season.

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Soooooo…..Asik going to CLE to be a….backup to Bynum?? How does this help him out? And BTW, Howard needs to be paired with a stretch 4. He couldn’t even make it work with Pau freakin’ Gasol, how’s he going to work with AV? Bad move on both ends.

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