When the Houston Rockets tried to trade Omer Asik a couple of weeks ago, the offers Houston received were not to their liking. Therefore, the Rockets decided to remove Asik from the trading block and keep him on their roster in order to back up Dwight Howard. Well, now Houston may get the perfect suitor to swoop in and offer something that Houston may actually benefit from. The Atlanta Hawks already reached out to the Rockets a couple of weeks ago when Houston first decided to trade Asik, but that was with a healthy Al Horford on the roster. With the recent news of Horford’s season-ending injury and a handful of games to see who Atlanta has to replace his absence from the lineup, I think the time is now for the Hawks to make a move for Asik.
Let’s face it, since Horford went down with a season-ending injury, the Hawks have not been the same team on both ends of the floor. The offense now relies solely on their ability to hit the jump shot and hardly ever attacks the rim. On defense, the absence of the All-Star center makes the interior defense of the Hawks one of the least intimidating in the league. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Atlanta’s replacement players, such as Pero Antic, Elton Brand and Mike Scott are all good in their own right, but none have the ability to be a huge rebounding force on the glass for the Hawks on a nightly basis like Asik could provide. In fact, since Horford’s injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Hawks have only managed to out-rebound one opponent, the Boston Celtics, out of a possible five, which is not good considering some of the teams Atlanta played during this stretch.
If Atlanta wants to get back to their winning ways and become a better team that could possibly make a run in the playoffs, the front office needs to make the move for Asik now. Just look at his numbers over the course of his NBA career. Since joining the league with the Chicago Bulls, for his career, Asik averages seven rebounds per game, which is exactly what the Hawks are looking for down low. Even better are his numbers from a year ago when Asik was given his first opportunity to become an everyday starter with the Rockets. In his first year as a starter, Asik dominated opponents down low, averaging a double-double for the season with 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. I don’t know about you, but that is exactly the type of production I want to see from my starting center every game.
The time is now for the Hawks to make the move for Asik. He wants out of Houston and the Hawks need help after Horford’s injury, so why not bring him to Atlanta where he could be a starter once again? GM Danny Ferry has made some spectacular moves in the past, so hopefully he can work his magic one more time in order to bring the 7-footer to Atlanta.