It’s clearly not a secret that Houston Rockets center Omer Asik is unhappy with his current situation. When the Rockets acquired Dwight Howard this offseason from the Los Angeles Lakers, it immediately cut into Asik’s playing time and although the Rockets attempted to start both big men, it was not a beneficial situation to the team.
This moved Asik to the bench, where he has caused such a fit that he has seen games where he never took the court simply due to a “coach’s decision”. It’s past time to get this big man out of town, but the asking price isn’t cheap. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is reported to be wanting two first-round picks for Asik, and that is simply a price he isn’t worth. The Lakers may have a player that would make the asking price significantly less as the Rockets wouldn’t mind having back energetic power forward Jordan Hill.
Hill started his career for the Rockets, and his energy and high motor are traits the Rockets value in their high-paced offensive attack. He’s also proven he is a nightly double-double threat when given the minutes to perform. The Lakers, on the other hand, are looking for any defensive pieces that they can find to help bolster their absolutely atrocious defensive play to begin the year. This may make Hill plus a first-round pick a viable offer for Asik.
He would also find himself immediately inserted into the starting lineup most likely at center, allowing Pau Gasol to switch and play the spread four. It’s a win-win for both parties.
As sad as it would be to see Hill depart Los Angeles as he’s been plenty of fun to watch, the NBA is a business and it may be time to move on. The Lakers clearly need the help on the defensive end of the court, and all Asik needs to be happy is to be inserted into the starting lineup.
Only time will tell as the trade deadline is still a long ways away.
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