It may be too late and the Houston Rockets may no longer be interested, but the Miami Heat should make an offer for Omer Asik. The frontcourt troubles of the defending champions have been well documented over the last two seasons. After finishing last in rebounding a season ago, Miami has continued their issues on the glass and are 30th in rebounds per game at 36.2.
Obviously when your star big man Chris Bosh is only averaging around six rebounds a game, there is a problem. Pat Riley has attempted to fix the defect with Chris Andersen and Greg Oden, but Andersen is on the older side of the ball and Oden’s availability remains wrapped in mystery.
With a smaller roster and aging frontcourt, the Heat could be in trouble. Udonis Haslem has seen better years and may be on his way out, while Erik Spoelstra has continually gone with a smaller lineup with Shane Battier at power forward.
So, as the solutions continue to escape Riley, what should Miami do? Well, they could have made an offer for Asik when the Rockets had him on the market. Miami might not have much financial flexibility, but they could find a way to make a reasonable offer. Asik has two years and roughly $17 million remaining on his contract. Houston wants an even trade, but not many teams are willing to give up that much for the overpaid center.
In order for Miami to entice Houston into a making trade, the champs would have to offer a big and small. The best bet would be to use Haslem or Joel Anthony because both have roughly $7 million left on their contracts. Miami could pair both big men with Norris Cole or Roger Mason Jr. Those aren’t exactly the names Houston wants to see, but they want a backup center for Dwight Howard and another guard to bolster the backcourt.
This trade is probably 99.9 percent unlikely to happen, but I can’t understand why Riley and the Heat did not try to make some type of offer earlier. Asik wold be a great step up for Miami on the inside. Even though he doesn’t offer much offensively, he is a defensive power who will rebound the basketball, and that is exactly what the defending champs need.
Houston has supposedly taken Asik off the market, but I’m sure if Riley made a phone call, the Rockets would listen. Financially, this might not work for the Heat. However, they should make an offer anyway — what could it hurt? The worst thing that could happen is a “no”. The best thing that could happen is that Miami has a new center and would be much more balanced when facing their new arch-nemesis, the Indiana Pacers.