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07:27 AM ET 12.18 | The clock is ticking toward Friday, and that's where disgruntled center Omer Asik comes into play. As the Houston Rockets move to the cusp of trading [Asik], Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland and Philadelphia have emerged as the frontrunners to land him, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Another team, deemed a "wildcard" by one league source, has teetered on the edge of negotiations and could become more seriously involved before the Rockets' self-imposed deadline of Friday to complete a deal. Houston is pursuing a power forward in a deal, with candidates including Atlanta's Paul Millsap, Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young, Boston's Brandon Bass and Jeff Green and Cleveland's Anderson Varejao. Houston general manager Daryl Morey wants a deal done before the end of the week.

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December 18, 2013  08:01 AM ET

So ATL is going to trade Milsap that they just signed? Thats a little strange...

Not many ppl want Young at all and if Varejao could ever stay healthy it would be the first time he has...

December 18, 2013  08:04 AM ET

Out of all that, Millsap would be the best fit.

December 18, 2013  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Out of all that, Millsap would be the best fit.

Agreed.

December 18, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Lead By Losing, Bros?

December 18, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Millsap makes perfect sense for both sides. Horford won't have to play center anymore and goes back to his natural position of PF.

December 18, 2013  08:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Millsap makes perfect sense for both sides. Horford won't have to play center anymore and goes back to his natural position of PF.

good logic, makes sense.

December 18, 2013  08:34 AM ET

Huh...sounds like every team in the league wants him

December 18, 2013  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Huh...sounds like every team in the league wants him

Most teams don't have a true center.

December 18, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Like they say, someone's trash is someone else's treasure. Asik is an OK center but is really not worth 15 million a year.

December 18, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Jeff Green isn't really a power forward.

December 18, 2013  09:37 AM ET

I thought that the Pelicans who are loaded at the SG and SF would make an offer. They could really use this guy. He'd be a starter with a good young core around him and be happy.

December 18, 2013  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Most teams don't have a true center.

Asik is a legit defensive center.....
But actually many teams do have a center.
Out of all the contenders, only Miami and okc don't have one at asiks level or better

December 18, 2013  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Asik is a legit defensive center.....But actually many teams do have a center.Out of all the contenders, only Miami and okc don't have one at asiks level or better

I think OKC has found it's center of the future in Steven Adams and I think he may be just as good as Asik right now, if not better (on the defensive end)...just sayin'.

Trying to stay obective

December 18, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Lead By Losing, Bros?

Yep, We Have Been Taking Lessons From The Fakers, Bro.

December 18, 2013  11:02 AM ET

Really, we get 2 separate threads bout the same topic? LOL

December 18, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I think OKC has found it's center of the future in Steven Adams and I think he may be just as good as Asik right now, if not better (on the defensive end)...just sayin'......

Nope.....Adams isn't at Asik's level, yet......plus, there's the experience factor to consider.

But in a couple or three years, it could be different story.

December 18, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

So ATL is going to trade Milsap that they just signed? Thats a little strange...Not many ppl want Young at all and if Varejao could ever stay healthy it would be the first time he has...

ATL signed Millsap only to a 2-year deal, and that too 2nd year is player option. Obviously they don't see him as a long term piece. They badly need a true center so Al can play his preferred PF position. This is the bet deal, and I've been suggesting this for months for both sides!

December 18, 2013  11:25 AM ET

Really surprised Green's name is in the discussion. Boston must really think they are going to land a future wing in the draft. I guess my Sullinger and Bass for Asik will not work out.

Green is not a PF so that still leaves Houston with no backup center. But he can shoot the three which they like to do. All the trade scenarios seem to make sense.

Varejao PF/C
Milsap SF/PF
Green SF/PF but not really a PF
Bass SF/PF but has been playing PF

December 18, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

ATL signed Millsap only to a 2-year deal, and that too 2nd year is player option. Obviously they don't see him as a long term piece. They badly need a true center so Al can play his preferred PF position. This is the bet deal, and I've been suggesting this for months for both sides!

Yeah Milsap makes the most sense. Milsap is the person I thought Houston would sign in the offseason but they were waiting to get Howard deal done before doing anything, so I think they lost out then. If ATL was winning more games they probably would try to keep Milsap but they are not tied to him long term

 
December 18, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Nope.....Adams isn't at Asik's level, yet......plus, there's the experience factor to consider. But in a couple or three years, it could be different story.

Point taken...good morning sir.

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