May 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The rumors and Omer Asik trade scenario ideas started up again this week, starting with ESPN’s Bill Simmons, who stated that an Asik for Ryan Anderson swap makes the most sense for both the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans. Check it out at the 8-minute mark:
While Anderson would fit in nicely as the stretch-4 that the Rockets are looking for, and had great success playing with Dwight Howard in Orlando, I think it’s still a little risky to deal Asik within the division. Plus, Asik’s value as an excellent rim protector and rebounder could be used better to try to look for a more complete player.
That’s when ESPN’s David Thorpe came on ESPN’s TrueHoopTV and gave 2 deals that would make sense for the Rockets: trading Asik as a part of a package to the Miami Heat for Chris Bosh, or another package deal involving Asik to the Golden State Warriors for Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes:
While those scenarios are entertaining, it would take a lot for either the Heat or Warriors to want to pull a deal like that.