Apr 27, 2014; Portland, OR, USA;Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez (42) during the second quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Trade Omer Asik: Now What?


In case you’ve been living under a rock, or maybe you have a real life outside of sports, last night the Houston Rockets traded Center Omer Asik and $1.5 million dollars in cash to the New Orleans Pelicans for a protected future 1st round draft pick in 2015. Sources have confirmed that the pick is protected in a way that’s similar to the Kyle Lowry-deal, in that, it will probably make your head explode if you think about it too hard.

Long story short, the pick will only go to the Rockets next year if it’s slotted in the 4th through the 20th pick.

And while you might not think that that news would be a reason for me to stop what I was doing the night before and smoke a cigar, you’d be wrong. I suppose it’s only right that while I was celebrating the trade that the movie “Gone in Sixty Seconds” came on.

Because while the trade itself wasn’t highway robbery, the aftermath probably will be.

First, let’s acknowledge that the Anthony Davis, Omer Asik and Ryan Anderson, New Orleans’ front-court triumvirate, will be very tough. They can’t play all three at the same time but that will be a great three-man rotation. And an Asik-Davis starting line-up will make it difficult for any player trying to get in the paint. So it makes a lot of sense from the Pellies side.

However, what it means for the Rockets is completely different. Not only did Houston kill two birds with one stone, they actually accomplished three objectives with this trade. The Rockets cleaned out half of the cap space necessary to sign New York’s Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James via free agency, they rid themselves of an unhappy player who didn’t want to be here after the Dwight Howard trade, and finally, it gave Morey an extra first round pick to do either one of these three things:

1. Keep the pick and draft a player next year.

Also using their own 2015 1st and 2nd round draft picks in the process.

2. Bundle the pick(s) w/ an asset to create a trade for another superstar.

Think about the James Harden trade. It’s eerily similiar situtation for a reason. If it worked once, chances are it’ll work again.

3. Bundle all three picks to move up in the draft.

Think Orlando using the 4th and 12th this year to try to get the 1st overall pick from Cleveland… Only to a lesser degree.

Let’s take a second to break some of those down.

They all are very beneficial in their own way and it’s what makes this trade wildly successful for the Houston Rockets and especially Daryl Morey, in particular. Do you realize that Houston paid Omer Asik only $10 million for the last two seasons combined and now New Orleans is paying him $15 million for this season alone? No matter what happens during the draft and free agency, he’s basically put himself in the exact same position asset-wise as two years ago. Only now, Morey has James Harden and Dwight Howard on his team.

This is going to get interesting really quick. But first, one thing I want to address is some negative Houston fans that act like the world is going to end now if we don’t sign Carmelo or LeBron now.

Give me a break!

While the team would certainly miss out by not signing two of the top five players in the league, it doesn’t mean it should be gloom and doom around here: Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant (!). There’s a lot of good players becoming available within the next 12 months. Some of you guys sound like Lakers’ fans… Grow up! This is going to be an exciting next few weeks. You need to enjoy what Morey has been able to accomplish and look forward to a better Houston Rockets team next year. 

You want a starting five of Patrick Beverly, James Harden, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard? Good. Trade TAFKAL (the artist formerly known as linsanity) for cap space. Sign LeBron outright. And trade Chandler Parsons and a future first in a sign-and-trade with New York for Melo and were done. It’s not that easy, as everyone would have to take large paycuts, but you never know what athletes will do for championships. I don’t know why people keep insisting that we’d give up James Harden in a sign-and-trade? They said the same things last year about CP and Asik when we were trying to get Howard. How’d that work out for Lakers’ fans?

Are you the type of person that doesn’t like Melo or think we can’t sign LeBron outright? Fine. Trade TAFKAL because his fans are annoying to clear cap space. Sign Kyle Lowry and Shawn Marion for $18 million between the two. Trade Parsons, Donatus Motiejunas and two first rounders to Minnesota for Kevin Love. New starting five: Kyle Lowry, James Harden, Shawn Marion, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard.

The options go on and on. Keep TAFKAL (yuck!) Match any Chandler Parsons offer. Run things back and keep consistency. So many options. Look for trades at the deadline. Use first round picks to move up and let TAFKAL walk after the season is over, trade away Parsons like they did for Asik and you’ve got $18 million ready to give to next newly opted superstar…

Great job, Morey. Now let’s go get LeBron and Melo!!

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  • jcsantos

    Wow, the hate against Lin is strong in this one, to the point that he’s treating him like Voldemort. Good luck anyway in trying to get those stars, most of whom are very aware of the poor basketball culture in Houston, namely iso offense and terrible defense, not to mention poor PG usage (your own STARTING PG is a 1-9 shooter, 2 assist per game, and allowed more than HALF of his assignments to breeze through him despite being “All Defensive” just to make sure Harden gets more touches).

    Kyle Lowry is well aware of the latter AND has been under McHale and will stay away.
    Kevin Love same especially when McHale made his Timberwolves horrible.
    Melo might fight with Harden (and Howard) over the ball.
    No sense in Lebron going to an iso team when he enjoyed team offense/defense with Miami.
    Even greater reasons to avoid for the rest of your prospects.

    But at the very least, we all hope Lin gets out of the Rockets, whom you guys have accused of poor shooting (stats showed improved FG% in driving, 3-pt and catch-and-shoot), poor defense (minimal difference with Beverley’s, lower than average FG% of guards defended by Lin), and cost the entire SERIES because of ONE turnover (where he played just 20 minutes). I’d be interested to see who your new scapegoat is when he’s gone.

    • doe

      Linn is garbage, can’t wait to see the excuses his fans have next year when he’s still a bum on a different team lol. Go Rockets and any point gaurd not named jeremy lin

      • Dmitri Molido

        I am not a Lin fanatic. But calling Lin a bum just ticks me off because that opinion is solely based on his skin. Purely racist comment. If Lin was black you’d be all over his dick. He can definitely score and pass. He has better defense than Harden who doesn’t give a shit. And best of all he makes his team mates better. If that is a bum then what the hell are you?

        • Kwok Wai Lai

          Doe is of course a nobody. He has never made more than 1% of what Jeremy made in his life. The difference is Lin still gets a lot of upsides but as far as this guy’s hatred can take him, he’s going nowhere. The only disability in life is a bad attitude. This explains it all. This doe is a no show in life.

  • Kwok Wai Lai

    Jeremy LIn was never given a real chance to succeed in the Rockets. They dissed him before Lin fully recovered from his knee Operation. Dwyane Wade couldn’t do well on the court when his knee was not fully recovered. What made you think Jeremy could do it when his knee wasn’t 100%.

    McHale took Jeremy out from the starting lineup for no reason at the beginning of the past season. Jeremy Lin had improved in all aspects then and he was taken out brutally from his game.

    Jeremy came back in the past season, healthy and improved, and then the Rockets just removed him from the starting lineup and gave the ball to a non point guard, James Harden which was the reason of Rockets’ failure in the playoff, the big time failure.

    In short, Jeremy was never given a real chance when he got healthy after his knee operation. That’s insanity against Linsanity. They hypocrisy and dysfunction of the Rockets organization are beyond imagination.

    Morey and McHale had planned for this all the time. Jeremy was never given a chance to show up 100% leading the team. Finally at the end of episode, Morey poured in the final salt of dissing Jeremy but he stuck his foot in his mouth. and his hypocrisy was exposed to the world.

    Friends, Basketball is more than a business. It’s a sport and everyone is watching the dysfunctional practices from the Rockets. I’m just too happy to see the Rockets got his butt kicked in the playoff with the futile playmaking from James Harden and Patrick Beverly.

    Without Jeremy, the Rox would have been swept 4-0. Parsons Chandler, James Harden and Patrick Beverley have made much more mistakes on the court and only miscues from Jeremy were blown up out of
    proportion owing to the crooked minds of the GM and the coach.