A little earlier today, NBA fans, particularly Raptors fans, were blindsided by a trade which sent Rudy Gay packing to Sacramento. Now, we take a look at another deal that may be in the making, which would send Omer Asik to the 76ers.
According to a report, the Rockets have told teams that they plan to let Asik go in a trade between the dates of December 15th to the 19th. Pretty specific, huh?
The 76ers look like the destination of choice for this deal, which makes sense. Sam Hinkie, the Sixers General Manager, has a close relationship with Asik. Prior to joining the Sixers, Hinkie spent the past eight seasons as an executive for the Rockets, and was a part in signing Asik to a three year deal.
This deal would likely send Thaddeus Young to Houston. Young is believed to be a player that could fit well with their centerpiece, Dwight Howard. Asik is currently averaging 10.6 points per game, along with 6.8 rebounds.
The 76ers had an unexpected busy off season. Hinkie came in and immediately dealt Jrue Holliday to the Pelicans, for a pick which landed Kentucky standout Nerlens Noel. The Sixers used their own pick to fill the void left by Holliday’s departure, drafting Michael Carter-Williams out of Syracuse. While Carter-Williams is believed to be a contender for the Rookie of the Year award, Center Nerlens Noel is expected to miss his entire rookie campaign due to injury.
This move would make sense for both sides. Houston would be able to bring in a competitive, athletic and energetic sidekick for Dwight Howard, while Asik will be able to bring experience to a young Philadelphia team who could use the help. Expect to see a deal made before Christmas.
David Teixeira is a writer for Hoops-Nation. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidCCU03