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Report: Wherever Asik is traded it won’t be to New Orleans, Milwaukee

Dec 13, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

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The Houston Rockets are set to trade valuable big man Omer Asik and want to get it done by next Thursday (the reason is anyone they get in a trade by then can be flipped again at the trading deadline, after that date they have the player for the rest of the season).

Houston would love to get a good stretch four to pair with Dwight Howard, which has led to speculation about a deal with New Orleans for Ryan Anderson or Milwaukee for Ersan Ilyasova.

Not going to happen, reports Sam Amick at the USA Today.

Yet while the New Orleans Pelicans (i.e. forward Ryan Anderson) and Milwaukee Bucks (i.e. forward Ersan Ilyasova) have also been tied to the Asik situation, two people with knowledge of both team’s dealings said they are no longer in the mix. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the talks. Things could change, of course, but it appears both teams have bowed out for now.

We’ve been telling you for a while New Orleans is not interested in moving Anderson — not for Asik, not for Zach Randolph (another rumor), not for anyone. The fact is they have Anderson under contract for two more years at $17 million total, which is a great deal for them. Also, the Pelicans are +12.2 per 48 when Anderson and Anthony Davis are paired on the court. They want to keep them together for a while and see how that works.

Amick backed that up.

A person with knowledge of the Grizzlies’ dealings said they haven’t had any conversations with New Orleans about a Randolph-for-Anderson swap, and a person with knowledge of the Pelicans’ dealings said the same.

At this point the Bucks need to embrace being bad to get good — that was not the plan before the season started but it should be now.

  1. redstar504 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    This stuff is getting funny sure most of New Orleans is into the throes of another Saints playoff run right now but the fact that this is getting 0% coverage down here says all that needs to be said, nothing.

    The idea that we would ever move Anderson is laughable and frankly not worth covering at all. We have been a pretty good team and bordering on great with everyone in the line up. If we get everyone healthy which should be any week now, the pelicans push for a back 4 playoff spot. Considering where we have came from with this young team, post-CP-3 that’s pretty good.

    Why would Dell Demps want to risk messing up the best chemistry in N.O. since CP3/David West/Tyson Chandler. It makes absolutely 0 sense to move anyone for anyone.

  2. jheds10 - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I say he should be traded to Dallas for Brandan Wright and a draft pick.

  3. maddnola - Dec 13, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    He isn’t going anywhere Dallas give it a rest. I tell you what how about we move Steems to Dallas for Dirk how about that trade ?

  4. belleby123 - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Asik is going about it all wrong. He just needs to wait until Dwight cheeses out and wants to go to another team. Hopefully the Heat–his ridiculously destructive influence would be fun to watch.

  5. soopreme - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Asik and Terrence Jones for Chris Bosh.

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