The Houston Rockets knew they were opening a can of worms when they brought Dwight Howard to town in the off-season. One of the Rockets’ biggest concerns was whether or not fellow center Omer Asik would mesh with Howard. The 2013 NBA season is hardly two weeks old, and Asik is asking to be dealt out of Houston. Asik is obviously frustrated about the dip in playing time, which means the Rockets would be better off trading him for another power forward to help Howard in the post.
This is where the Boston Celtics come into the picture.
Boston is currently 25th in the NBA in rebounds per game as the team has struggles to win the low-post battles on a nightly basis. Asik would surely help the Celtics in this phase of the game as the fourth-year center is coming off a season in which he averaged 11.7 rebounds per game. Boston has a few players that should definitely peak the Rockets’ interest. Brandon Bass is someone to keep an eye on considering he was a teammate of Howard’s while with the Orlando Magic from 2009 to 2011.
Bass is under contract for the next two seasons and will make nearly $14 million in that time frame. Meanwhile, Asik is owed over $20 million from now until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. Therefore, the Celtics would have to surrender a package that includes expiring contracts like Keith Bogans ($5 million), or Kris Humphries ($12 million). Bringing a 27-year-old Asik to Beantown would only help Boston rebuild. Not to mention, Asik should mesh well with rookie center Kelly Olynyk, who would benefit from playing alongside a behemoth like Asik.