The Houston Rockets are confident that they have center Dwight Howard in the bag. In fact, they are so confident that they have already reportedly declared current center Omer Asik available to be traded. The one team the Rockets have their eyes set on making a deal for Asik is the Philadelphia 76ers, where former executive Sam Hinkie is now the general manager.
There is no question Philadelphia desperately needs a starting center if they want to be effective in the Eastern Conference next season. Everyone knows there is no chance the organization brings Andrew Bynum back, which means the 76ers must look to either free agency or a trade to upgrade the position. The fact that Houston would be desperate to get rid of Asik if they acquired Howard means that Philadelphia would get the Turkey native cheap. The Rockets simply cannot afford to take on a lot of money so it would not take much for the 76ers to obtain the third year player.
Asik would come relatively cheap over the next two seasons in which he would average $5.11 million per year. However, it is the third year of his contract that could be a dilemma. Asik is currently owed $14.898 million in 2014-15.
There is no question Asik would be a huge upgrade over Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown. He is not a big-time scorer, but he is certainly an above-average rebounder who is a defensive force in the paint. Not to mention, he still has potential to grow into a scoring threat.
The 26-year-old averaged 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season. He also managed to convert 54.1 percent of his 7.5 field goal attempts per game in 82 starts.