Monday, July 1st, 2013 at 12:00 pm  |  37 responses

Houston Rockets Reportedly Ready to Trade Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin

As the push for free agent center Dwight Howard intensifies, the Houston Rockets have reportedly put Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin on the trade block. Per CBS Sports: “Emboldened by their pursuit of free agent Dwight Howard, the Rockets have called several teams and made Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin available in potential trades, league sources said. […] The Rockets are oozing with confidence that they will lure Howard from the Lakers, and are making contingency plans to construct the team around him. ‘They already have him, if you talk to them,’ one league source said. If the Rockets land Howard, Asik would become expendable. One potential destination that rival executives have identified is Philadelphia, where former Rockets executive Sam Hinkie is the Sixers’ new general manager. Hinkie was part of the Houston front office that scored both Asik and Lin with backloaded offer sheets as restricted free agents last summer. If the Knicks (Lin) and Bulls (Asik) had chosen to match the respective offer sheets, they would’ve had to structure their deals with $15 million “balloon” payments in the third year. But the Rockets only needed to account for the average of the three-year, $25.1 million deals — $8.375 million per year, a manageable number for a starting center and point guard, respectively. Rival teams say the Rockets are making Lin available, as well, though they’d have to get a starting point guard in return. As part of their cap-clearing maneuvers to land Howard, Houston waived Aaron Brooks and Carlos Delfino on Sunday. The Rockets are off the hook for Delfino’s $3 million salary, which was non-guaranteed. Teams believe the Rockets will move both Asik and Lin if they close the deal with Howard this week. Lin, whose acquisition last summer was heralded as a coup, was not invited to Houston’s pitch meeting with Howard, sources said.”

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  • i_ball

    Some team will get lucky and acquire Asik at a discount

  • spit hot fiyah

    asik is a starting center, if they get howard he is too valuable as a trade piece so moving him makes sense.

    man, it seems like not long ago that aaron brooks was actually a good nba player playing well for houston in the playoffs. after the lockout his game has been non-existent.

  • tarp

    Miami should go after Asik

  • J-Man357

    its crazy how Jeremy Lin and Linsanity in NY was such a movement, and it seemed like he was on the verge of greatness, but sub-par play has made him an afterthought and an expendable asset in th eeyes of the Rockets top brass…. I wionder if NY will try to get him back at a discount

  • Sassy

    I still think Lin if given a fair chance can be very solid. Mchale did not seem to like his play and would often bench him even if he was having a good game, if he gets on a team where the coach trust him I believe he can be easily 18 ppg and 8 asst

  • Rockwell

    I think Omer Asik essentially gives you the same qualities as Dwight at a discounted rate. Yeah, Asik won’t wow you with rim rattling dunks like Dwight used to do, but he’ll still get you about 13 points and 13 rebounds without b*tching about shots and minutes. I’ll rather pay a big man 8 million (or however much Asik is making) for 13 ppg and 13 rpg than 20 million for 17 ppg and 12 rpg (which is about what Dwight averaged last year) and the surrounding media circus that comes with it.

  • Rockwell

    And I can’t believe LA put out a sign begging Dwight to come back. That was really beneath them. If he can’t appreciate the LA lifestyle (along with the heat that comes with the media glare) than I say good riddance.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    when dwight gets signed, he won’t be a media circus…This is the only knock you guys have on him….Dwight can change a game..Omer most likely can not…I’ll pay max money for that….

  • LP @ThisisEther

    salary cap….please google “poison pill contract”.

  • Mike Gilbert

    the contract has nothing to do with it. The poison pill would have only taken affect if the Bulls matched the offer, but because they didn’t the contract is averaged across 3 years.

  • Dirtybird

    Hawks can get Asik for Smith, maybe.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    you’re right…i think.
    *yes, if i remember, if the bulls matched, they have to take that specific contract…since they didn’t , rockets can adjust the contract to their liking..is this correct?

  • cut fastball

    I would keep Asik. He has good play style.

  • Ugh

    I was about to say that Howard can give you his 17 and 12 against any defence where Asik won’t… but it isn’t true. You may be right.

  • Ugh

    It’s in the article.

  • Ugh

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  • Ugh

    Why would they? Without D’Antoni’s unpredictable system (remember how Nate scored 41 off the bench in his first game in a month?) and with opposing teams actually having scouting reports and plenty of video to find his ample shortcomings (remember how Miami crushed him because they actually scouted Linsanity before the game, unlike all his other opponents beforehand?), Lin is as vulnerable as a nekkid baby out there on the floor.

  • Dfrance

    I don’t think you can look at it from a pure numbers perspective. Even with his limited mobility last season, dudes thought twice before attacking the rim on Dwight. I don’t think anyone fears Asik protecting the basket.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Ahhhh I see now, I was just going off memory.. I should read the articles more..

  • Slick Ric

    You’re tripping, Omer defense is tremendous, I wished the bulls had kept him but the man is a liability offensively. He does not essentially give you the same qualities. Dwight is no Shaq but he still is a weapon offensively and he may be better this year because he was coming off of back surgery last season, thats no joke.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I don’t know why they want to trade Lin though. His contract averages out to 8 mil a year–you could say he’s overpaid but that’s not Joe Johnson money. He has good chemistry with Harden and Parsons and fits perfectly in their system, he just needs a more consistent jumper.

    And they’re looking for a starting point guard in return for him, which makes no sense; if they’re gonna move Lin they should start Beverley. I’ve seen scenarios where they’re looking to shop him for Ramon Sessions, or even Jose Calderon… wtf?

  • JML-G

    nobody wants overpaid Linfewgamewondenry

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Not after what westbrook did to him in Chi-Town

  • Joe Chan

    Dwight averaged that with a bad back. He’s also one of the best rollmen in the league, game changer on both offense and defense with blocks, rebounds, and scoring. And that’s with Pau and Jordan Crawford crowding the post. Omer = instant post presence on D but average offensively. Pulled double digit rebounding but in McHale’s 4-1 system he was pretty much the only guy in the paint. His hands are pretty bad too, I think Greg Smith was a better rollman than he was last year.

  • Guest

    that only goes for players with westbrook’s physique. nba count: 1

  • Joe Chan

    Did you see what Nate did in Chicago during the playoffs? It’s not even about D’Antoni’s system, it’s about roles. McHale pretty much runs D’Antoni’s system anyway – they get out in transition and space the floor and shoot 3′s at a high clip. Only difference is McHale has 2-3 ballhandlers on the floor playing the PG role at any one time – Harden, Lin, Parsons, Delfino, Beverley, etc and D’Antoni only had one. And Lin isn’t even primary ballhandler. If you’re not gonna have your PG create and just need a 1 who camps the corner 3, I don’t know why they signed a 1 whose strength is dribble penetration in the first place

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  • Interlagos

    Howard sells Jerseys

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    even if you look at it from a numbers perspective, Asik does not give you what Dwight does.

  • grgeblck

    Makes perfect sense. Rockets will keep Harden of course and they don’t need Asik because they will have DH. Only if this deal happens. Lin with Kobe? Hard to imagine.

  • phil

    Totally agreed. Look at the orlando mess, look at the laker mess, he fouled out and did not win a single game. Kobe even left the locker room in disgust. He’s 3 years removed.from his strongest asset defense. He’s been more and more injury prone. He has not gotten any better with ft’s, shooting, post moves, attitude. He’s an injury away of becoming amare stoudemire because he just relies on athleticism. What does having 8 kids from 8 different women tell ya? He’s a teenage girl in a mans body.

  • JamesYap

    Keep Jeremy Lin…:-)

  • JamesYap

    yha ur ryt…Idiot MCFail…

  • danpowers

    maybe on a lottery team that doesnt care about winning and lets him play 40 minutes a game.

  • Conor

    Calderon would be fantastic on Houston.

  • Basketball_iQ

    More like

  • Cory Nope

    Alot of you are just giving Omer BS because hes Euro(or looks white). Put Asik in Oklahoma City, and the Thunder win the NBA title. Theres high value in todays game for a five that can: rebound, block shots, defend, and DOESNT need to be an inside offensive threat- but can be when needed. Howards superior talent isnt worth triple Asik’s cap figure in todays NBA, especially when he demands the ball in the paint and teams are jacking up three’s at astounding rates. Asik does everything asked of him at a very cheap price. Houston is refusing to deal Asik out of fear that he will wind up on a west contender and burn them in the end.