But, the Rockets strayed from their hardcore analytics path this summer with the addition of center Dwight Howard. Now, Asik isn't getting as much playing time and in turn, isn't putting up the numbers he did a year ago.
CBS Sports' Ken Berger reports the Houston Rockets have reopened trade talks surrounding Asik and the Sixers are the team mentioned as a "landing spot" for him.
First, Asik could definitely help on the court for Philadelphia. Second, current Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie worked in the Rockets front office when they brought Asik to town. Third, Asik would save the 76ers money down the road as he is only owed $8.37 million for this season and next season.
Asik, 27, is averaging 3.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while averaging just 17.1 minutes per game down from his 30 minutes per game last year.
The Rockets reportedly want a first-round pick for Asik and the Sixers have been clear about wanting a first-round pick for all of their trade assets as well. This could just be a ploy for the Rockets to stir up trade talks with other teams about Asik. The Celtics were reportedly interested in Asik back in December before the Rockets pulled him off the trading block.
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