The Houston Rockets were looking very close to trading big man Omer Asik earlier in the season, but a trade with the Boston Celtics fell through and the team was forced to hang onto their center for the time being. With the trade deadline just weeks away, talks about Asik are starting to heat up and the speculation is flying all over the place.
David Thrope from ESPN.com suggest that of all the teams in the NBA, the New York Knicks could be a landing spot for Asik at the deadline. Thorpe notes that the Knicks need center depth and healthy bigs, something Asik would provide. But when it comes to what the Knicks would send back, Thorpe states that the Knicks need to be able to give up a stretch four to the Rockets, which is something they covet in an Asik trade and is something the Knicks don’t have.
Still, an Asik to New York trade could work, Thorpe states, if the Knicks throw in Tim Hardaway Jr and Tyson Chandler in exchange for taking Jeremy Lin back — bad contract and all. While this seems like an amazing deal for Houston, New York would be taking back two of the Rockets most outrageous contracts, albeit ones that are nearing expiration.
The fact of the matter is that the Knicks would need a pretty sweet deal to land Asik, but it’s possible for them to do it. Fans just have to ask themselves if it’s smart or not, a question that seemingly answers itself.