May 2, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) dribbles into Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) in the second half in game six of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics may trade for Omer Asik


The Boston Celtics were looking at possibly trading for Omer Asik earlier this season and it appeared that they may have been closer than we all thought to landing him. But the greed of the Rockets prevented a trade from happening and as a result Asik stayed on with the Rockets for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

But as they continue to press for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets need to shed salary and Asik is at the top of the list in that department.

According to NBA scribe Chuck Myron, the Boston Celtics remain focused on Kevin Love but if they miss out on trading for him there isn’t another superstar worth going that hard for. That being said, Myron says he can see the Celtics targeting Houston Rockets center Omer Asik once again if the Love talks don’t progress anywhere.

There doesn’t seem to be another superstar trade target out there, although there are surely decent upgrades to be had. As I suggested earlier, I think they’ll be in the market for Omer Asik, who’d fit the mold of the rim protector they’re looking for (and he’d come off the books in 2015, allowing Boston some flexibility for a free agent run at Love, if possible). I wouldn’t be shocked if Houston got in the mix for Rondo, too. I don’t think Ainge gives up Rondo this summer, however.

The Rockets probably haven’t reduced their asking price for Asik, but their incentive to trade him has changed as has the time table in which they need to move him. Houston wants to shed Ask, which lowers his value to them much more than it was earlier in the winter — something that may finally make this trade happen.

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  • Tom M. Deliganis

    “But the greed of the Rockets prevented a trade from happening” is the most Homer – Centric journalism I’ve ever read. I guess it’s just not fair that the Rockets want due compensation for a tremendous player!?! If the Celtics offer isn’t large enough to get him, wouldn’t that be greed as well according to your amateurish journalistic perspective.

    • Bill

      The same player that sat on the bench of good deal of the time. Sitting on the bench isn’t helping the Rockets either now is it

      • Tom M. Deliganis

        Actually he was injured much of the year and he was in the rotation when he returned.
        He started most of the playoff games. Having said all that why were the Rockets being “greedy”? Just because one of the pitiful easy coast teams (beloved by the east coast media ) wanted him, doesn’t make the Rockets greedy.

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        • tyler mcquade

          you are an idiot. houston wanted way too much for him and now its time to take a much lesser of a deal. he isnt in their future plans. get as much as you can get for him which isnt much.