Rockets center Omer Asik is an analytic's dream. Look no further than his first season in Houston where he averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while starting all 82 games. Prior to 2012-13, he averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his best season.
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.
Now the Rockets are looking to make a change.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Rockets are looking to trade Asik in the next 10 days and the Sixers are a "viable" option. 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.
The man likely headed the other direction is power forward Thaddeus Young. Young is having a productive year averaging a career high 15.8 points per game but he could be a very valuable piece on a contending team. He is due $8.85 million this season and $9.41 million next season with an early termination option for 2015-16 for $9.97 million. Asik is only owed $8.37 million for this season and next season.
Asik has been linked to the Sixers in the past. It is no surprise that he is linked to them again this time around. I wouldn't be all that surprised to see him in Philadelphia at some point in the near future.
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