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Omer Asik trade update: Rockets have offer in place, likely to be a three-team deal

Dec 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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The Rockets are determined to trade Omer Asik in the next few days, and the latest update says that the framework of a three-team deal may be already in place.

Now that Dec. 15 is upon us, players who signed new contracts last summer are eligible to be dealt, and players traded before Dec. 19 are eligible to be included in another deal before the Feb. 20 trade deadline passes.

Houston will continue to shop Asik to get the most they can in return for the talented but disgruntled big man, but if no further offers materialize, there’s one that the team is reportedly willing to accept that may net draft picks in return.

From Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Morey would not discuss his plans, but a person with knowledge of the Rockets’ thinking said Morey set his Dec. 19 deadline in part because he knows he has an offer he is willing to take. Though things can change several times by Thursday, that individual said “it very likely will be a pretty complicated, three-way deal. There are a lot of moving parts.” …

According to individuals with knowledge of the talks, the Rockets do not have a deal in place but were greatly encouraged when trade talks intensified Dec. 6, so much so that the confidence that they would be ready to pull the trigger helped inspire the Dec. 19 “deadline” as much as needing a deal by then to be able to move players again this season.

As much as speculation has centered around Thad Young, if the Rockets are to do a deal with Philadelphia and former Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie, it is more likely to be a three-team deal in which the player the Sixers trade goes elsewhere.

The rumored deal with the Sixers always made the most sense. But if Houston is after picks instead of frontcourt help to bolster the team’s roster, then involving a third team might be the best way to accomplish that.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that the Celitcs may be an option.

The advice offered us Sunday was stern: Keep an eye on Boston. The Celtics possess two players in different salary ranges that would presumably fit in useful ways next to Dwight HowardJeff Green and Brandon Bass. The Celts also have a spare first-round draft pick or two to plug into any trade equation to sweeten the deal for Houston, amid rising suspicions around the league that Morey’s Rockets are going to find a way to come out of the Asik saga with at least one future first.

Houston placed championship-level aspirations on this season after acquiring Dwight Howard, and it’s worth noting that dealing Asik for future picks won’t do anything to help the team accomplish that goal. There may be other deals on the horizon for the Rockets, but this one alone involving Asik doesn’t sound all that promising, at least in terms of providing immediate help this season.

  1. money2long - Dec 15, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    i love trade deadline season. this is like the pre party. and im excited to see what happens from now til thursday the 19th.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      Me too. Not quite sure why you got as many thumbs down as up.

  2. kylecleric - Dec 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I could see the Celtics being involved in a deal where Bass goes to Houston. I don’t see them trading for Asik.

  3. reasonablemindsays - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    The Sixers better get a draft pick out of this. No other reason they should take on Asik’s $15 mil salary for next year. The guy is a good back up center but average starting center. At age 27 and only a couple years on his contract, there ain’t much more building you can do with this guy.

    Also, no way they should trade Thad Young. While he hasn’t played great this year, he was really good as a starting PF last year. Probably one of the better PF’s in the league. He gave up a lot in size, but he made up for it and then some with his fast break ability and great pick n roll defense. Plus he’s only 25 and has a cheap salary for his value.

    Hinkie has made all the right moves so far so I trust him not to give away Young unless we get some good picks in return.

    • justindad2 - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      “a cheap salary for his value.”
      Young had over $28mil 3-yrs remaining, not exactly cheap or flexible contract.
      Hawes, pf/c, $6.6mil – expiring contract, $ more flexible; skill set better fit the Rockets. If I were Morey, I would prefer Hawes than Young if cost the same.

    • reasonablemindsays - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      Except that Young is one of the better PF’s in the league. Hawes plays center, not power forward. We already tried the Hawes at PF experiment and it failed miserably. He’s way too slow. Morey would definitely rather have Young as he actually plays PF and would complement Howard well.

  4. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Why in gods name would the Celtics ever think of trading Jeff Green for Omer Asik? With a trade pick on top?! So, they finally get some height that they’ve lacked, yet get rid of arguably their best all around player who is primed to only get better when Rondo is back next month. One step forward, two giant steps back in my eyes…

    • antistratfordian - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:16 AM

      Players like Jeff Green are a dime a dozen. Centers like Asik are more rare and valuable.

      • reasonablemindsays - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        Centers like Asik are rare and valuable? Is that a joke? There are tons of offensively-retarded, solid rebounding and defending 7 footers in the league. Almost every team has one.

      • antistratfordian - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

        No there are not. Most teams do not have one. If they were so easy to find Miami would’ve found one already.

        Since Asik has been in the league (since 2010-11) he is the only 7 footer to average at least 10 points and 13 rebounds per 36 minutes. The only other players to average that over the last 4 seasons are Dwight Howard, Kevin Love and Andre Drummond (and none of them are 7 feet tall).

        7 footers like Asik are not ubiquitous.

    • justindad2 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Terrence Jones (vs Jeff Green), younger (21vs27), cheaper (20% of Green$), better defender, better rebounder, better shot-blocker, better upside/overall than SF Green, not to mention the ROX had rising star Parsons also. Why the Rockets need intensive-care-patient Green?

  5. somekat - Dec 16, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Most likely the sixers guy is going to the 3rd place?

    NO

    Most likely, young would go to Houston, Asik would go to the 3rd team, with picks coming to Philly. There is no reason for the sixers to want Asik, for the 20th time.

    The only plausible reason is because Hinkie used to be the assistant GM in Houston….He also is the guy that used his first major move as a GM being trading an all-star PG for Noel……he’s not going to make Noel useless by making this trade

  6. 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    I hope he doesn’t go to Philly. Or CLE. Neither of those makes any sense. BOS looks the best but it would be stupid of BOS when Jeff Green is their best player not named Rondo and they have Olynyk that still needs to develop. Maybe Bass, one of those bad contracts (Wallace?) and a draft pick to soften the bad contract blow. Or no draft pick, instead Olynyk. Seems like it would work for both teams. jcmeyer or one of you other C’s reps, what you think?

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:21 AM

      That would be on hell of a defensive team…Rondo and Bradley in the backcourt, Asik paint protecting down low. Green and Sully to round it out at the forward spots with 6th man Crawford off the bench.

      • bowltr - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:11 AM

        If they trade Green for Asik how can Green and Asik play together?

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        bowltr

        Read the comment again, I didn’t have Green in the trade. Bass, bad contract (Wallace, or even Humphries. Wallace would be a good fit in HOU though IMO) and a draft pick OR Olynyk just to sweeten the deal.

        Of course there would have to be a 3rd team involved just because a deal between those 2 teams with those moving parts wouldn’t work (unless you add Lin as part of the deal).

        BTW, Chandler Parsons has to be the best value contract on the planet! He doesn’t even make 1 million and he’s signed for two more years. A really good 2-way player that can do a bit of everything, I wonder how they’re going to afford to keep him in the future.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        bowltr

        I don’t have Green in the trade. Look at the comment again.

      • jcmeyer10 - Dec 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        I know this sounds crazy but I want to keep Jeff Green around.

  7. csbanter - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Houston moves up the ladder if they add Jeff Green. I can’t imagine Asik being happy playing for a lottery team.

    • au1978 - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      Dah well. Asik isn’t happy coming off the bench for a guaranteed playoff team, so he’d better be happy with whatever he gets.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Asik changes the Celtics for the better. We.. err they don’t have a true 5. I don’t want to give up Green to do it. Bass and the worse first rounder and I would be smitten.

  8. redbaronx - Dec 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Re: Marc Stein’s pure speculation.

    I love how sportswriters keep on coming up with trades like this for Boston! He’s proposing that Boston give up valuable draft picks PLUS Brandon Bass or Jeff Green in a 3 way for …..what? Thad Young? And then the Rockets get the draft picks and Bass, while Philly gets Asik??

    Ainge is no dummy! Marc Stein is dreaming!

  9. dinofrank60 - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Why does it seem that the purpose of NBA teams is to HELP Daryl Morey?

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