The Rockets set a deadline of December 19th to deal their frustrated backup center, and expect the Rockets finish off a trade by this Thursday. The Rockets have been taking phone calls from all around the league, with teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Atlanta Hawks being mentioned, among other teams. The Rockets may already have a trade ready according to some reports if they can’t find another better deal by the time they hit Thursday. Whatever the case may be, the trade will likely be a three-team deal, and I’m sure Rockets fans will be happy with the return. Check out the rest of the links for more!
- Evan Drellich (Houston Chronicle) on the Houston Astros.
There’s reason to believe the 2014 Astros will be better. There’s reason to believe some level of pressure has been applied from high in the organization to be better – that, in other words, they have to be.
- Kennon Riley (Climbing Tal’s Hill) profiles Scott Feldman.
- Rory Dumas (Crawfish Boxes) on Dexter Fowler and the Coors Field effect.
- Astros tweet of the day…
Villar’s favorite memory of 2013 was the time he stole home plate. He even voted for himself for Astros Rookie of the Year. #modesty
— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) December 15, 2013
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on the Omer Asik situation.
With just five shopping days remaining, the contract of his unhappy, defensive-minded Turkish center is burning a hole in Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s pocket. The winter closeout sale, his own version of the trade deadline, begins Sunday. And general managers who might be interested in trading for Omer Asik, or being a part of a deal built around him, have been told Morey is ready to deal.
- Marc Stein (ESPN) on the latest with Omer Asik.
- Jason Friedman (Rockets.com) on the Rockets loss last night.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
“numerous teams involved…have indicated that they indeed expect the Rockets to take this all the way to Thursday”
— Rockets Insider (@Rockets_Insider) December 16, 2013
- Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) argues on behalf of Wade Phillips.
It is a consensus among observers that Wade Phillips will not be the next Texans head coach.
In any survey of Texans fans, Phillips would score high in terms of likability but low in terms of their desire to have him to take over the position formerly held by Gary Kubiak.
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) on Case Keenum’s studying.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) says Case Keenum isn’t the quarterback of the future.
- Texans tweet of the day…