Feigen: “Morey knows he has an offer he is willing to take.”

Feigen on the trade front:

“Morey would not discuss his plans, but a person with knowledge of the Rockets’ thinking said Morey set his Dec. 19 deadline in part because he knows he has an offer he is willing to take. Though things can change several times by Thursday, that individual said “it very likely will be a pretty complicated, three-way deal. There are a lot of moving parts.”

“Ideally, the Rockets hoped to pick up a player who can quickly step into the rotation and, one way or another, have the impact they hoped Asik would have. Less desirable but more likely, Morey would have to put together a package of players or picks for Asik, knowing that the mixed grill option is usually not as valuable as getting one stronger player, especially for a team now built to contend quickly.”

“With the emergence of Terrence Jones as the starting power forward, Morey is not determined to find a starter at the position. He hopes to come away with either a strong defensive wing who can catch-and-shoot, a power forward who can fill in as a backup center, or expiring contracts that come with first-round picks – or some combination of those assets.”

“According to individuals with knowledge of the talks, the Rockets do not have a deal in place but were greatly encouraged when trade talks intensified Dec. 6, so much so that the confidence that they would be ready to pull the trigger helped inspire the Dec. 19 “deadline” as much as needing a deal by then to be able to move players again this season.”

“As much as speculation has centered around Thad Young, if the Rockets are to do a deal with Philadelphia and former Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie, it is more likely to be a three-team deal in which the player the Sixers trade goes elsewhere.

The Rockets likely would want draft picks in a deal, and Hinkie is not expected to give those up. If the deal was for Young, the Rockets and Sixers would not have had to wait until Dec. 15. And if the Rockets were to try to get one of the Sixers players who don’t fit in Hinkie’s long-term plans, it would be more likely for Spencer Hawes, a range shooter who could play next to Dwight Howard or as his backup with Asik gone.”

My guess, at the moment, is a three-way with Omer going to the Sixers, Spencer Hawes coming back to Houston, Thad Young going somewhere else, and a pick or asset coming back to Houston from the third destination.  So who wants Thad Young?

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Total comments: 11
  • Lyfestyle says 8 months ago

    I think the Boston leak from yesterday was Morey trying - somewhat desperately - to shake loose some other offers. Apparently nothing worthwhile came through.

  • Drew in Abilene says 8 months ago

    So, I wonder what Feigen's source was really thinking? Was this person really convinced of this, now that the self-imposed deadline is set to pass with no trade? Was this purposeful misinformation to drive a bidding war? Or was this source feeding phony information just for fun?

  • 2016Champions says 8 months ago I forgot to add that Boston will also likely be dumping Humphries contract to Philly, this get them under the luxury tax which alone is worth a late 1st round pick. Also I see DMo going to Boston too.
  • 2016Champions says 8 months ago

    My guess is that Asik is going to Philly, Turner and Hawes are going to Boston, Green plus one of the two 1sts in Boston's possession are going to Houston--this is just speculation on my part and even if I'm right I'm sure there is more to it.

  • rockets best fan says 8 months ago

    I think the key thing everyone seems to be overlooking is "multiple players" I think we are about to move more than just Asik.

  • RollingWave says 8 months ago

    That's a horrible move for the Celts. Try again. Of course Houston and Philly pull the trigger.

    well i love to see them pull that trade then the fans realize that Avery Bradley is essentially the lost twin brother of Beverley, Bass kill you all day long with long 2s, and Hawes / Turner revert back to Bargani / and... Evan Turner.

    It's not a clearly good trade for Boston due to positional repetitiveness though. but really, it's a terrible trade all around except maybe for Philly .

  • timetodienow1234567 says 8 months ago

    I can't decide if I think this trade is fair. Houston gets Turner, Hawes, Bass, Bradley. Philly gets Green, Asik, Brewer (or someone else who fits salary wise). Celts get Young, Lin.

    That's a horrible move for the Celts. Try again. Of course Houston and Philly pull the trigger.

  • rocketrick says 8 months ago

    What surprises me about the NBA is that personal relationships at themanagement level often play a role in whether a trade gets made or not. Teams that should talk to each other often don't because of the lack of connections at the management level. The trades being mentioned are not that great. The Lakers, Clippers, Chicagoand Knicks, for example, could all get some benefit from a trade involving either Asik or Lin but they're not being discussed at all in the rumor mill. Instead it's Boston and Philly, two teams which have personal connections with Houston's management and coaching staff.

    But really, what do teams like the Lakers, Clippers, Bulls and Knicks have to offer in return for either Asik or Lin?

    That's more relevant than whether the Rockets management has some sort of a personal connection. Remember, the Rockets traded Lowry away for what became the #8 overall pick in the most recent draft to Toronto and I don't recall there being a personal connection involved with that. Nor with the trade of Dalembert to Milwaukee, etc., etc.

  • rm90025 says 8 months ago

    What surprises me about the NBA is that personal relationships at themanagement level often play a role in whether a trade gets made or not. Teams that should talk to each other often don't because of the lack of connections at the management level. The trades being mentioned are not that great. The Lakers, Clippers, Chicagoand Knicks, for example, could all get some benefit from a trade involving either Asik or Lin but they're not being discussed at all in the rumor mill. Instead it's Boston and Philly, two teams which have personal connections with Houston's management and coaching staff.

  • Ostrow says 8 months ago

    I can't decide if I think this trade is fair. Houston gets Turner, Hawes, Bass, Bradley. Philly gets Green, Asik, Brewer (or someone else who fits salary wise). Celts get Young, Lin.

  • thejohnnygold says 8 months ago

    Off the top of my head....

    Phoenix, LA Lakers (presuming they trade Pau soon), Memphis, Charlotte, Washington, and OKC.

    Plenty of reasons these teams wouldn't be involved....just guesses.