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The trade talks for Omer Asik, center for the Houston Rockets, has been ongoing since Dwight Howard stepped foot in Houston. Houston has provided their own window of December 15th-19th to get a trade done. They then, can acquire players who were signed this summer (December 15th deadline) and players who can be traded again before the February deadline (December 19th deadline).

The list of teams who are known to be chasing Asik are 76ers, Celtics, Hawks, Cavaliers and Blazers.

The Rockets asking price a month or two ago, was allegedly two 1st round picks. Quite a high asking price who gives you almost nothing outside of post defense and rebounding. That, coupled with him being 27 years old (28 next summer) and on a less than favorable deal (only one more year-cap affected number is $8+ million but team must pay him $15+ million) makes him less than appealing to me. He, though, can help someone right now.

-76ers assets to offer-Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen, Tony Wroten, Arnett Moultrie
The big issue with the 76ers getting a deal done is their lack of draft picks realistically they could trade. They own the Pelicans 14' 1st rounder (top 5 protected) but they're not trading that as it will likely be a late lottery pick. They will get to keep their 14' pick but they do eventually owe a pick to Miami so they are void of the ability to trade their own. They are likely offering up Young for Asik straight up and Houston isn't biting because he doesn't give them what they need or want.

-Celtics assets to offer-Kris Humphries expiring, Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee, Jordan Crawford, Marshon Brooks, loads of draft picks
The Celtics are the most rumored team to be in the hunt offering Bass, Lee and a 1st rounder which is surprising considering the lack of talent within that package although they both fill a big need (back up 2, tough, rebounding 4). The selling point could be the pick for Houston. They own their own and the less favorable of Brooklyn and Atlanta's 2014 1st rounder, all of their own picks through 2020, LAC's 2015, and Brooklyn's 16' and 18' 1st rounder and right to swap in 17'.

-Hawks assets to offer-Paul Millsap
That's the deal. It makes perfect sense for Houston. Millsap stretches the floor, rebounds, scores, can pass...he's a great fit next to Dwight. But their frontcourt defense would take a hit. This is the move Houston makes if they feel they can win it all with that team. The problem is, they'd be relying on Millsap, T. Jones, and Greg Smith as their lone front court players outside of Dwight. Not the most pleasing, defensively. As for the Hawks, they make the move they've been searching for, for years, moving Horford to the 4, finding their anchor in the middle.

-Cavs assets to offer-Waiters, Thompson, Varejao, loads of draft picks
Can Morey doop the Cavs into a Waiters, Varejao for Asik and a few 2nd rounders deal? That'd be the all time deal for Houston. If it was possible, the deal would be done already. Varejao is perfect in the backup role, Waiters can play off the ball with Harden. This, however, doesn't help the Cavs offensive inefficiencies. Not sure why they're looking into this deal anyways.

-Blazers assets to offer-Robin Lopez, CJ McCollum
The deal for Houston would likely be something like Lopez and fodder for Asik. I don't think they can swindle McCollum out of the deal. But why is Portland even considering a move? They're one of the best teams in the league right now, they get up and down the floor with Aldridge manning the middle and playmakers on the perimeter. Is adding Asik, a slow, plodding center, going to slow them down too much?

I think it's Boston. It is the ultimate push to the playoffs move for them. For the record...Jared Sullinger and Omer Asik is a rather tantalizing frontline.
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Daryl Morey outsmarted Daryl Morey. He gave Asik this contract that couldn't be matched, but was still cap-friendly. Now that he's on the block, he can't find a trade partner because only he wanted to pay Asik the way he did. He wanted this deal done by Dec 19th because it gave extra incentive for the team acquiring Asik. Any time that had him on the roster by Dec 19th could still flip him again at the deadline. Now that can't happen.

This is becoming such a distraction and Asik is playing so poorly coming off the bench, he needs to get whatever he can and run with it.
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