Dec 2, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) reacts to a call during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets: Omer Asik to the Philadelphia 76ers?

According to Marc Stein of, the Houston Rockets may trade Omer Asik very shortly to the Philadelphia 76ers in return for Thaddeus Young.

Stein wrote,

“Keep your eye on Philadelphia. Front-runner would be overstating it, but the notion that the Sixers are a viable destination for Asik is increasingly making the rounds. And that certainly makes sense given (A) Philly’s front office is run by a certified Asik fan in former Rockets exec Sam Hinkie and (B) Philly has a frontcourt player to send back to Houston in Thaddeus Young, whose skill set can click with Dwight Howard‘s, albeit not as well as seemingly unattainable dream target Ryan Anderson; and (C) there really isn’t an Asik for Philly to draft with the high pick it’s likely to snag in the 2014 lottery.”


I find this very interesting because I really don’t see how a deal like this would benefit anyone.

Nov 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) shoots against Atlanta Hawks power forward Gustavo Ayon (14) during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets

This would make no sense for the Houston Rockets. Although Thaddeus Young is a solid player, and would bring a hard-worker mentality to the team, the Rockets already have Terrence Jones. Jones is a developing, young power forward. He is just 21 years of age and has shown great potential. Why not use Jones as your building block for the future?

Philadelphia 76ers

Why would the Philadelphia 76ers want Omer Asik if they already have Spencer Hawes, a developing Daniel Orton, Brandon Davies, as well as both Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie for next season? If the Sixers would like to allow their youngsters to gain playing time to improve their game, why would you need Asik if he is definitely not a difference-maker to a team?

Plus, before the season started, when Young as asked about being traded, he responded by saying he hopes he never leaves Philadelphia, and that he loves playing here.

Last night, Young also said,

“I’m not worrying about the trade or anything. It’s a business. If it happens, it happens. I just have to live with it and keep moving on. But at the end of the day, I’m here, I’m focused, and I’m ready to go out here. I’m thinking about the game tonight. I definitely love Philly, and want to continue being here,” he said. “If they see fit to trade me, then hey, my time is up and I have to move on.”


If it’s not beneficial to anyone, why make it happen?

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