Omer Asik is on the trading block. He's been there since the summer and now things are getting much more heated. Daryl Morey seems pretty desperate to unload the defensive beast, and the Boston Celtics have some sort of interest according to Mark Stein.
Here is the question Celtics fans have to be asking themselves. Is a player like Asik worth losing Jeff Green for? Is Asik the guy you want desperately as a part of this rebuilding process? He is worth unloading some of Danny Ainge's stock-piled draft picks for? It does not totally seem like it.
If the Celtics ever did land Asik they would be lined up to pay him nearly $15 million next year ($8 million counts against the cap). Then he'd be a free agent.
Here are the things that we know about Omer Asik: he is a phenomenal defender and rebounder. His offensive skills are limited (like a handful of other Celtics big men). He sets good picks and managed to average 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds in 30 minutes of action last year on the Houston Rockets.
There is something that is unclear about Asik: his attitude. He could potentially be a whiny and untrustworthy teammate. He pretty much quit on the Rockets and asked out of a situation he did not want to be in. Who is to say that Asik does not just walk away after next season's massive contract. Leaving the Celtics with nothing. Imagine if the Celtics dealt away some really meaningful pieces thinking that Asik will be the defensive centerpiece for the next 6-7 years, and then, poof, he's gone in free agency. That would be a massive set-back.
Zach Lowe highlighted some of the potential trades that Daryl Morey is trying to cook up for Asik. Frankly, it looks far too rich for the Celtics. According to Lowe's sources the Rockets were looking for "two first round pick and the right to swap first-round picks in a third draft."
Hopefully Ainge is sitting in his office laughing at Mark Stein's report that the Celtics are in the mix for Asik.
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