The Houston Rockets idea to have Omer Asik play next to free agent signee Dwight Howard has not been going as planned, which has led to plenty of trade concerns and questions surrounding their unhappy big man.
Houston looks poised to trade away Asik as soon as they can find a trade partner and the Philadelphia 76ers appear to be one of the most likely teams to land the big man out of the multiple teams the Rockets are currently speaking to.
From Marc Stein of ESPN.com:
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, former Rockets exec Sam Hinkie; (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.
Philadelphia has a number of veterans on the roster that they could trade to Houston in exchange for Asik, which would allow them to have another key piece to their rebuilding process.
While a deal looks like it is in Asik’s future, nothing is expected to happen until after December 15.