Philadelphia 76ers Can Trade For Unhappy Omer Asik

By Alan Gung
Omer Asik
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The Houston Rockets will most likely attempt to trade center Omer Asik considering they just signed Marcus Camby. The Philadelphia 76ers can provide relief to the Rockets by trading for Asik and possibly another player such as Jeremy Lin, both of whom might be on their way out of Houston. The Rockets have a bigger need at the power forward spot and could afford to take on both contracts.

The Sixers could use a talented point guard like Lin, who would be a major upgrade over any options they currently have. Lin wouldn’t have to deal with the issues of fighting for minutes with Patrick Beverly, who makes less than he does. As for Asik, he could mentor Nerlens Noel and serve as a starting center while the youngster recovers.

The Sixers can also package Thaddeus Young and rid of Evan Turner‘s contract. Young could provide the Rockets with a talented center who could compliment Howard in the front court.

Asik would also be much happier in Philadelphia as he would be a starting center and be an asset to the Sixers, who could deal him to a team that would use him full-time once Noel develops. He averaged a double-double last season, scoring 10.1 points per game and grabbing 11.7 rebounds.

He would be an upgrade over Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown, Lavoy Allen and Arnett Moultrie by providing immediate relief and size to an undersized and average front court.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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