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Report: Cavs have no interest in trading for Omer Asik

Dec 14, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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The Rockets have made the decision to trade Omer Asik, and will more than likely do so during a five-day window that begins on Sunday.

The reason for that specific timeline is due to the fact that players who signed new contracts last summer weren’t eligible to be traded until Dec. 15, and any players traded before Dec. 19 are able to be moved once again before the Feb. 20 trade deadline passes.

The most recent rumor had the Cavaliers as a potential suitor, with Anderson Varejao coming back to Houston in the exchange. But the latest report now says that while Cleveland might be willing to get involved in a deal as a third team, they have no interest in acquiring Asik.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Varejao’s name surfaced this week in trade rumors involving the Houston Rockets’ Omer Asik, but a league source told me Friday the Cavs are not interested in acquiring Asik. With Andrew Bynum beginning to flourish, Asik and his $14.9 million salary for next season are not a fit on this team. Varejao’s ability to play both power forward and center makes him a far better fit.

Asik will be moved next week and if the Rockets need a third team to get involved, the Cavs would listen. But Asik won’t be coming to Cleveland.

The trade that’s been floated that makes the most sense is the one involving the Sixers, which would presumably send Thaddeus Young to the Rockets in the big man exchange. That remains a possibility, and some believe that deal has already been made if Houston can’t do any better.

Either way, we’re safe in assuming two things: Asik isn’t going to end up in Cleveland, but he should be in a different uniform by the coming week’s end.

  1. pputnam100 - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Please, isn’t there someway to get Asik on the Heat? We need a guy like him to get past the Pacers again

    • legend30 - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      We’re not getting Asik, unless they’re trading Bosh. They are going to end up signing someone around February.

      • asimonetti88 - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM

        Like who? Marcus Camby? Kwame Brown? Kurt Thomas? Drew Gooden? There aren’t any Chris Andersons out there this year.

      • pputnam100 - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        I love Bosh, but this cat is young stud center, very durable (so far), smart, double digit rebounder and defensive stopper; if I were in charge I’d do it, though Asik is worth MORE than Bosh so we’d have to throw in some extra stuff

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      I’m sure they would trade him for LeBron or Wade.

  2. bknowledge - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Asik and Houston’s first round pick this year for Hawes and Evan Turner

  3. JHathwell - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Everyone seems to severely over valuing Asik here, and it’ slowly becoming apparent as his value shrinks. For one thing, is cap figure is 15m next year, which makes it allot harder to find a team willing to pay that, Second, as much as everyone loves to talk about defense and his value there, his complete lack of offensive game largely mitigates whatever advantage it gives you, It’s why he couldn’t play next to Howard and why teams are loathe to play guys like him or Larry Sanders 35 minutes a game or more. With the way defenses are now, you can construct all kinds of zones to make a team pay for having a guy like Asik out there.

    At the end of the day I cannot fathom why Philly would do this when they like Young AND have Nerlens Noel in waiting. The fact that Cleveland won’t even trade Vareao for Asik says allot about what Asik’s true value is.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      His cap figure is not $15 million next year, it’s the same $8.3 million it’s been ever since he signed this contract. His actual payout is $15 million, and plenty of owners would struggle to swallow that, but that’s not the number used for the cap math.

      PBT staff, please stop claiming that any player can’t be re-traded for two months. That is not accurate. They can’t be aggregated for two months. They can be traded individually, and they can be traded with other players if their salary isn’t necessary to make the cap math work from their end.

      • JHathwell - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        Um, no,

      • Kevin S. - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Um, yes.

    • hazeyswayze - Dec 15, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Noel is not a center he is a pf and Thad young isn’t elite at any anything while Asik is an elite defender and elite rebounder so if the sixers get Asik he is definitely an upgrade to what they have if you think you can win against elite teams with hawed u are dreaming cause the sixers have no post defense

      • JHathwell - Dec 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        I’m sorry, I can’t really make out what you wrote here.

  4. JHathwell - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Actually, you are right. I misspoke.

    Point stands though, Paying 15m for Asik is a tough pill to swallow, pun intended.

  5. djlexluger - Dec 14, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Houston also has Lin’s poison pill coming too

  6. somekat - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    I said it before, and I’ll say it again. No way Philly takes this guy. he makes Noel (at this point, the anchor for the future), useless, while moving a guy still in his prime (Young), that would fit well will Noel on the floor, or could be the best player on a high energy bench.

    It doesn’t get them younger, it gets rid of some of the cap flexibility they will have, it will cause them to win more games in the weak east, ruining their lottery position, and considering they don’t have any good shooters on the team, does it all for a guy who doesn’t fit the roster at all.

    Unless Philly thinks they can move Young, still lose games with Asik, and get more for Asik at the deadline, there is no reason to do this. The sixers are trying to dump pieces at this point, not add them

  7. sportsnut101 - Dec 15, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    If the wizards can pay rashard Lewis to go away n magic can pay Gilbert not to play

    Then teams can pay 15 mil for a player who can actually play n only counts for 8.3 mil against cap another win

  8. mungman69 - Dec 15, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    He ain’t coming to Philly. No way the Sixers want him.

    • hazeyswayze - Dec 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      No way the sixers want an elite rebounder and elite post defender you are crazy they can’t stop nobody from going into the paint and dominating

  9. jeffkx - Dec 15, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Andrew has scored 3, 2 and 4 points in his last three games and has darn near disappeared. I wouldn’t consider that “beginning to flourish”.

  10. jeffkx - Dec 15, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Talked to a few fellow Cavs fans today at the Browns game. Want nothing to do with Omer. Asked them why they wouldn’t want 27 year old starting center who plays good defense. “We have Andy and Bynum” said one friend. Passing on a good center for a guy whose knee(s) could blow at any moment and another who could break or tear literally anything on his whole body at any moment doesn’t make a ton of sense to me.

  11. money2long - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    did asik just come out of a swimming pool in that picture ?? he looks soaked.

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