The Boston Celtics are exploring a number of different options to improve the team’s outlook for the future. They want to get younger and build up their asset pool. One player that they might be able to get who would help now and for the future is Houston Rockets center Omer Asik. The Rockets stole him last offseason from the Chicago Bulls with a beautifully laid out deal that would significantly hurt the Bulls’ finances by retaining him. They heavily back-loaded his contract offer, ensuring that they would gain his rights.
Fast forward to today and Asik is suddenly expendable due to the Rockets’ recent signing of star free agent center Dwight Howard. Asik is a really good player and averaged 10 points and 12 rebounds per game last season. He is only 27 and just now appears to be entering the prime of his career. The Celtics would do very well in seeing exactly what the cost would be to acquire his rights. A deal of Brandon Bass and Avery Bradley makes sense on the Celtics’ side and could intrigue the Rockets, but they might be hesitant to take on Bass’ unappealing contract. It might not be worth it as Bradley would fit in well for them off the bench but wouldn’t necessarily be a necessity.
Asik to the Celtics is probably an extreme long shot, but you can bet GM Danny Ainge will see what the exact cost would be and if Houston is seriously considering moving him.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18