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07:25 AM ET 12.09 | Just where will Omer Asik land? It's tricky even with the Houston Rockets, as reported here Friday, aggressively trying to find a trade partner for Asik within the next 10 days. Yet there are a few things we can say about the current state of the Asik trade market: 1. Keep your eye on Philadelphia. Front-runner would be overstating it, but the notion that the Sixers are a viable destination for Asik is increasingly making the rounds. And that certainly makes sense given (A) Philly's front office is run by a certified Asik fan in former Rockets exec Sam Hinkie and (B) Philly has a frontcourt player to send back to Houston in Thaddeus Young ... and (C) there really isn't an Asik for Philly to draft with the high pick it's likely to snag in the 2014 lottery.

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December 9, 2013  08:30 AM ET

Asik for Young straight up is lame. Asik is a true center. Young is just a wanna-be wing player. Unless HOU can also get some high-medium picks, this trade is terrible.

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December 9, 2013  08:54 AM ET
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Under normal circumstances, I'd agree.But his balloon payment is bad and his disgruntledness is really badThere aren't many options that need/want asik

Actually his balloon payment is not that bad he must be paid 15million out of the GM's pocket next year but only counts as 8.3million towards the cap. With that said I am on the fence because I don't want some pouting arse Asik even if I like his defense.

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Man you are wrong about Young he is no wannabe wing. I never heard anybody call him that. He is a converted PF that can stick most 3's. He actually bulked up as of last year to play that style but he is quicker than most 4's as he didn't lose much agility. He is close to the Josh Smith skillset but he actually has better shot selection and improved his 3's. Not as good of a shot blocker though. Overall it is a fair trade but I am not sure the Sixers make the move.

December 9, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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Actually his balloon payment is not that bad he must be paid 15million out of the GM's pocket next year but only counts as 8.3million towards the cap. With that said I am on the fence because I don't want some pouting arse Asik even if I like his defense.ESPN,Man you are wrong about Young he is no wannabe wing. I never heard anybody call him that. He is a converted PF that can stick most 3's. He actually bulked up as of last year to play that style but he is quicker than most 4's as he didn't lose much agility. He is close to the Josh Smith skillset but he actually has better shot selection and improved his 3's. Not as good of a shot blocker though. Overall it is a fair trade but I am not sure the Sixers make the move.

Agreed about young but I don't know if the trade helps Houston. They do have too many forwards already. They do need a backup center that's for sure.

December 9, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Actually his balloon payment is not that bad he must be paid 15million out of the GM's pocket next year but only counts as 8.3million towards the cap. With that said I am on the fence because I don't want some pouting arse Asik even if I like his defense.ESPN,Man you are wrong about Young he is no wannabe wing. I never heard anybody call him that. He is a converted PF that can stick most 3's. He actually bulked up as of last year to play that style but he is quicker than most 4's as he didn't lose much agility. He is close to the Josh Smith skillset but he actually has better shot selection and improved his 3's. Not as good of a shot blocker though. Overall it is a fair trade but I am not sure the Sixers make the move.

This will be a lopsided trade for Philly if it happens.. but that's what happens when a team shows their hand. Everyone knows Asik wants out so GM's aren't giving up what Houston would have gotten if it was a quiet trade...

December 9, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Didn't The Bynum Trade Teach You A Lesson, Bros?

December 9, 2013  09:47 AM ET
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Agreed about young but I don't know if the trade helps Houston. They do have too many forwards already. They do need a backup center that's for sure.

Dr. Pepper,

23 flavors man, Houston is stuck I think, this is about as good as it gets. Their asking price for Asik seems to be too high. I think they want a stetch 4 that they can trust in the playoffs or a draft pick. Young isn't the best in that category but he is probably the best one for one they can get. They do have a log jam at 4 but at least they have lineup flexibilty sort of how Denver is.

December 9, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Dr. Pepper,23 flavors man, Houston is stuck I think, this is about as good as it gets. Their asking price for Asik seems to be too high. I think they want a stetch 4 that they can trust in the playoffs or a draft pick. Young isn't the best in that category but he is probably the best one for one they can get. They do have a log jam at 4 but at least they have lineup flexibilty sort of how Denver is.

I think they would be happier if they can get Hawes from the Sixers.

December 9, 2013  09:58 AM ET
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This will be a lopsided trade for Philly if it happens.. but that's what happens when a team shows their hand. Everyone knows Asik wants out so GM's aren't giving up what Houston would have gotten if it was a quiet trade...

I don't think it is as lopsided as you think. They have two seven footers that really can't play together because neither can shoot and it hurts the offense. So Asik is basically wasted unless you play against say a team like the Spurs or maybe the Grizzlies, Nets. They are winning games with little use out of Asik

December 9, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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I think they would be happier if they can get Hawes from the Sixers.

Don't know about that Hawes is on the last year of his deal. The problem is he could then walk and would mean they let Asik go for nothing. He could play the 4 but better suited for the 5 not a bad fit overall though. Securing Young would be a multiple year investment but like you said overlapping some of the other 4's they have

December 9, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Don't know about that Hawes is on the last year of his deal. The problem is he could then walk and would mean they let Asik go for nothing. He could play the 4 but better suited for the 5 not a bad fit overall though. Securing Young would be a multiple year investment but like you said overlapping some of the other 4's they have

They will probably take that chance and Hawes won't be a distraction as Asik. Houston can still sign Hawes at a cheaper price than Asik.

December 9, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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I don't think it is as lopsided as you think. They have two seven footers that really can't play together because neither can shoot and it hurts the offense. So Asik is basically wasted unless you play against say a team like the Spurs or maybe the Grizzlies, Nets. They are winning games with little use out of Asik

So addition by subtraction? I'm surprised Bull are not on this..

December 9, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Asik for Young straight up is lame. Asik is a true center. Young is just a wanna-be wing player. Unless HOU can also get some high-medium picks, this trade is terrible.

Houston would benefit huge from Youngs presence. He is a strong enough SF to play the 4 spot and spread the floor for Dwight Howard. This would be a no brainer trade for the Rockets to make.

December 9, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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So addition by subtraction? I'm surprised Bull are not on this..

I'm surprise NY are not in on this. Don't they need a center? Why not get Mozgov bak from Denver?

December 9, 2013  10:59 AM ET

They can probably get Chuck Haynes, or Paul Milisap that can play PF/C for Asik. IMO there are better choices than Young.

December 9, 2013  11:11 AM ET
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They will probably take that chance and Hawes won't be a distraction as Asik. Houston can still sign Hawes at a cheaper price than Asik.

Their GM has been making some good moves. I can't see them making that move. Locking up Young at 8-9mill/year would be better than trying to resign a center, too much of a gamble and not really sure of fit. Young is a better fit IMO.

December 9, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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So addition by subtraction? I'm surprised Bull are not on this..

Yeah may turn out this way. The best of the best deal would be Asik for Milsap but maybe Atlanta doesn't want to make that move.

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December 9, 2013  01:33 PM ET

Isn't Asik very similar to Noel? Noel will be back next year for Philly. Not sure why Philly would do this trade when they are in tank mode anyways

 
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