If you were ordering your Boston Celtics Omer Asik jersey from the NBA store tonight, you’d better cancel the order. While the offer from the Celtics stiller remains not he table for the Houston Rockets, it’s sounding like the only way a deal will be made is if Houston decides to say yes to something they’ve already said no to.
According to Celtics writer Steve Bulpett, the trade between the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets for Omer Asik looks to be daed unless Houston changes its mind on an already rejected offer. The last offer made from Danny Ainge and the Celtics was Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a 2015 protected first-round pick in exchange for Asik.
The trouble comes in with the first-round pick as Houston wants a 2014 first-rounder while the Celtics only want to give up a 2015 protected first rounder at the most. From the sounds of it, Bulpett is insinuating that the talks are dead and only Houston can revive them by swallowing their pride and lowering their demand.
“It’s kind of funny how things that have been dead for a while keep coming up,” a source told Bulpett. “The only way I can see anything happening is if Daryl (Morey, the Houston GM) decides he wants something that he’s already said no to.”
That’s essentially where talks are at this point and they’re pretty much stalled. Houston could just be making a last inure power play to bluff the Celtics into throwing the 2014 first-rounder at them, but as the source told Bulpett, Boston has nothing to lose with the current offer to Houston.
It was looking like Asik to Boston was a deal just missing a stamp to send the center to the East Coast, but it turns out the deal might not get done after all.