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Houston Rockets: Two Possible Trade Scenarios for Omer Asik

By Brett David Roberts
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Trade 2:

Houston gives: Asik, Terrence Jones
Miami gives: Udonis Haslem, Shane Battier, Norris Cole

This trade may be asking a bit much of Miami, but if the Heat decide that Joel Anthony and Chris Andersen aren’t enough, or if one goes down, this could make some sense. The part that is most unrealistic, of course, is asking for Norris Cole, as Miami seems relatively high on him.

However, the trade could be amended to leave out Cole and leave out Jones on the Houston side—but Cole is an attractive chip because he is young and on the rise. Jones is,

Sep 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem (40) during media day at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

too, but the Rockets frontcourt is crowded and Jones still has a lot to learn.

Battier would make his return to Houston and step in to back up Chandler Parsons. He’s an expiring contract and is known widely as a true lockdown defender. The Rockets need one on the wing, so would Miami even consider parting with Battier?

The real heist is Haslem, whose set shot from the top of the key is as accurate as none other than Horace Grant. Haslem has two years remaining at $4.3 million per season, and he brings leadership much like Battier does.

The defending champs would be pretty insane to shake things up, but Asik would be an upgrade over either of their existing centers.  It’s unlikely to see two contenders (one of which is a 2-time repeating champ) exchanging missing parts, but stranger things have happened in the world of the NBA…

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