The Philadelphia 76ers‘ deal for Omer Asik appears to be inching closer to reality. The Sixers must see more of an upside from having Asik in their lineup or he could be used as a trading chip to acquire another draft pick in this summer’s draft. Multiple media reports are mentioning the Sixers and Houston Rockets have a deal in place. The Rockets are attempting to get more in return before pulling the trigger.
The Sixers may deal Thaddeus Young, but not Evan Turner to the Rockets. Young makes slightly more than Asik and it would be more beneficial for the Sixers to offer him compared to Turner, who will be a free agent after this season. Young has also peaked. His stats have been consistent. The 6-foot-9 forward is a semi-star who is better being a member of the supporting cast for a starting lineup full of stars, or someone who can come off the bench.
If the Sixers threw in Turner, they’d have to either throw in another player or draft pick, otherwise they’d absorb a larger portion of Asik’s $8.4 million contract. The Rockets and Sixers may also throw in additional players in order for the deal to work.
Even if the Sixers decide to keep Asik, he could form a nice frontcourt with top draft pick Nerlens Noel. Noel would move to the power forward spot, while Asik would start at center. At 6-foot-11, 228 pounds, Noel is too thin to play in the middle while Asik is much bigger at 7-feet, 255 pounds.
The Sixers may also be preparing for next season, considering they’re in rebuilding mode and don’t believe they’ll offer starting center Spencer Hawes the big contract he’ll be looking for when he’s a free agent after this season.