What do you guys think?
If NO wants to make a playoff push then they have to upgrade at Center and the potential Greg Oden signing may be too risky. Also right now they have Anderson (who is really a quality player) coming off the bench which just seems illogical. Asik would be a great compliment to Davis and would fill out that lineup nicely. The only thing they would have reserves about is his ridiculous contract starting next year.
The Rockets need a PF. Asik wants to start. Anderson and Howard have had some level of success together in the past and he's obviously a great compliment to Howard's game. It looks like there's a good chance the Rockets sign Camby (i think he still has a little game in him) so they'll still have a backup C even though I think upgrading from Greg Smith as starting PF is a higher priority anyway.
This is not a new idea, people have been posting this idea ever since Howard decided to sign with Houston and One of the teams has thought about this and has said no, dont remember which one it was off hand
It was NO that said no. They want to keep Anderson because they see him in their lineup for years to come. Houston said no as well because Harden and Howard wants to play with Lin and Asik for one season.
I don't like this trade for Houston. I think Parsons will end up beeing a better player than what Anderson is right now. Parsons is one of the best contracts in the league and it would be a major waste to leave him on the bench. I see why Asik might be moved but if Houston really wants to trade Asik they should go after an upgrade at point guard. Parsons can play both forward positions and trading for Anderson might still make sense but if they still want to upgrade the roster the should go after a better point guard. They still have Motie and Jones on the bench and don't need another forward. They just gave away Robinson and are still deep at the big positions.
This is the trade every one but the Pelicans wanted to happen after the Howard signings.
At the Summer League Pelicans GM Dell Demps said he lived in Sacramento when Anderson was in high school and personally watched him play for the state championships. He said he has been a fan of his since then and that Anderson would work out with pro players and Demps has actually played against him. Those are the types of relationships that don't get traded for the sake of getting traded. In the new small ball, stretch four NBA, Anderson is a hot commodity. Until Anthony Davis can shoot 5 three's a game at at least 36% then Anderson will be getting plenty of minutes even if NO got a starting quality center. Davis may be there sooner than most think. I personally would love to see Davis and Asik anchor a defense with Holiday and Gordon at the guard spots. That would be a excellent defensive team, but it is not coming true and we have to get over it.
I think Morey is serious about keeping Asik because him and Dwight at center is the best positional combo 1rst and 2nd team in the NBA and will be better at Center than CP3 and Bledsoe as a point guard combo last year. That's 48 minutes of elite center defensive ability and with both being tough on the offensive glass and with all those put back opportunities, opposing center can't help without giving up easy buckets. Plus why would Morey make a deal in which he is seen as the one looking to dump a player, when he can wait for some team to come begging after the All Star Break. If he does trade Asik, having D12 play only 28 minutes a game early in the season will help him later in the Playoffs. Whenever you are looking desperately to dump a guy other GM's play hard ball.
The Pelicans ownership doesn't have the deepest pockets and I bet they also don't want to pay that 15 million to Asik in 2015 whether or not its on the cap at 8.5. Plus Asik's cap figure for Houston is 8.5 but they only are paying him 5 million, the same a if they were paying Robin Lopez, that's a steal. Why not tell him suck it up and next year when some owner is going to have to fork out 15 million, we are going to trade you. That means Morey will have gotten two years at 10 million dollars out of pocket for a guy who is playing like he should have made at least 12-14 a year.
Morey knows that Asik could be a good fit on every team in the NBA and he's right, its no need to rush it.
For some reason deals that make the absolute most sense never get done in the NBA.
Cant wait for the 2014-2015 season when they will have to pay 66 million for Asik, Howard, Harden, and Lin. Salaries added up from Hoopshype.