Celtics Circuit: No Deal For Omer Asik
The Boston Celtics’ attempt to acquire center Omer Asik from the Houston Rockets were unsuccessful after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced on Thursday that the talks ended. Yahoo Sports! Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the Rockets will keep the disgruntled center for now.
Houston GM Daryl Morey has also informed Asik’s agent, Arn Tellem, that he’s ended talks about a trade for his client, source tells Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 19, 2013
On Wednesday, the discussion gained steam with multiple reports claiming the Celtics were willing to part with forward Brandon Bass and guard Courtney Lee. According to Wojnarowski, the two teams could not agree on which first-round pick would be included. The Rockets wanted a 2014 selection, but the Celtics would not budge.
Danny Ainge said on his weekly 98.5 The Sports Hub appearance that the Celtics were never close to trading for Asik. The Rockets were not thrilled with any offers.
The talks also broke down because Asik is due to earn $15 million next year. Asik’s deal was back-loaded because the Rockets did not want the Chicago Bulls to mach their offer. Asik was a restricted free agent at the time.
The Rockets had self-imposed a deadline for Thursday to deal Asik because NBA allows teams to re-trade players 60 days after they were traded the first time. The NBA Trade Deadline is 60 days from Thursday. Asik has asked for a trade ever since the Rockets signed Dwight Howard in July because Asik did not want to come off the bench.
Asik is a seven-footer who will become a free agent after the 2014-’15 season. He would have brought interior defense and rebounding. The fourth-year veteran out of Turkey is only 27 years old. He could have helped the Celtics on the pick-and-roll on offense. Asik averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds last year when he started in all 82 games. This season, Asik is only averaging 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Asik’s weaknesses are his limited offensive ability and free throw shooting. The Celtics could use a defender like Asik against talented seven-footers like Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers’ Roy Hibbert.
The Rockets had talked with the Philadelphia 76ers. Morey was hoping to pry Paul Millsap from the Atlanta Hawks, but the Hawks refused to give up Millsap.
While the Rockets will not send Asik to another team at this moment, there could be movement in the future. The NBA Trade Deadline is on February 20th.
The Celtics keep their undersized roster intact. There will continue to be rumors swirling around the Celtics and there is a feeling here that the Celtics will not stay quiet around the Trade Deadline.