The New Orleans Pelicans were presumed to pursue a big man in this year’s free agent market. Well, it looks like the Houston Rockets will be sending center Omer Asik to the Big Easy in exchange for a future first-round draft pick.
This looks to be a win-win situation for both sides of the agreement. The Pelicans were in need of some size to complement superstar power forward Anthony Davis down low. They remain without a pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and were rumored to be looking to trade into the first round. With the addition of Asik, that may no longer be the case.
For the Rockets, this move will help clear up cap space to help better their chances in either the LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. Asik provided solid anchor down low for Houston two years ago, averaging 10 points and 11 rebounds. However, he was bothered by health issues this past season, which caused a significant drop in his stat line — the acquisition of Dwight Howard did not help his numbers either.
After a year plagued with injuries, New Orleans will be looking to bounce back next season. Plugging Asik into the equation certainly increases their chances at making a playoff run in 2015. The question is, can the team stay healthy all season long?