The Rockets have made it clear that they will trade Omer Asik sometime before December 19.
Asik has been disgruntled with his role in Houston, and will likely be moved. Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that Philadelphia is a viable destination for Asik.
Keep your eye on Philadelphia. Front-runner would be overstating it, but the notion that the Sixers are a viable destination for Asik is increasingly making the rounds. And that certainly makes sense given (A) Philly’s front office is run by a certified Asik fan in former Rockets exec Sam Hinkie and (B) Philly has a frontcourt player to send back to Houston inThaddeus Young, whose skill set can click with Dwight Howard‘s, albeit not as well as seemingly unattainable dream target Ryan Anderson; and (C) there really isn’t an Asik for Philly to draft with the high pick it’s likely to snag in the 2014 lottery.
Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, and Spencer Hawes hold the most value for the 76ers.
It would be a win-win for both teams, with Houston possibly getting a stretch four to play along side Howard, and the 76ers would get a skilled big man that wouldn’t be found in the draft.