Philadelphia 76ers Should Be Cautious About Trading For Omer Asik

By Alan Gung


Omer Asik
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The Omer Asik trade rumors are starting up again and the Philadelphia 76ers will be in the mix for him. The Sixers should avoid making the deal for the disgruntled Houston Rockets center.

Asik is finally getting his wish to be dealt from the Rockets. While the trade may sound tempting the Sixers should be cautious in making any potentially bad deals though this most likely won’t happen.

The Sixers have pieces they offer to the Rockets for the Turkish center. The Rockets will certainly entertain offers, just not at the expense of a decent backup center in Asik. They’ll be asking for Sixers forward Evan Turner, either guards Tony Wroten or James Anderson as well as a future draft pick. The Sixers would include Turner but would be reluctant to include draft pick and Wroten just to acquire Asik.

Plus, Asik’s $8.4 million salary as well as the extra year he has in his contract is problematic. The Sixers would have to include most of those players to make the deal work. Sixers GM Sam Hinkie would also steer clear of acquiring a player with such a high salary who’s averaging 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

Sixers starting center Spencer Hawes is having a career season and he’s in the final year of his $6.5 million, two-year contract. Hawes is posting better numbers than Asik. He’s averaging 15.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season. Hawes will be asking for bigger pay closer to $10 million once he’s a free agent and the Sixers may not retain him if they’re in rebuilding mode with injured draft pick Nerlens Noel returning.

Even if the Sixers don’t retain Hawes, Asik will be in a similar situation as his current one. He’ll be seeing a smaller role with Noel as the starting center once he’s ready to start.

Asik did post impressive numbers last season when his role was significant. He averaged 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.4 offensive rebounds per game in all 82 games last season but those numbers were attributed to his 30 minutes per game as a starter. The Sixers may find a better find during the offseason so they’re better off staying away from Asik.

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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