Rejoice, Houston Rockets call off Omer Asik deal

I had been predicting that despite the deadline, there would be no Omer Asik deal.  The big guns (Marc Stein, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski) are now confirming that Houston has called off trade talks and intends to hang onto Omer Asik until at least the trade deadline.  I already explained this morning why it seemed out of character for Daryl Morey to take back the garbage platter being offered by the Boston Celtics.  Aside from what I already said, what was the rush?  The premise behind making a deal by the 19th was so that the new players acquired could be flipped again by the real deadline.  But Bass and Lee are, by most accounts, unflippable.  So unless you’re thrilled with Bass and Lee (and there’s no reason to be), there really wasn’t any reason to jump on this trade.  It’s better to just wait things out.

Now, there is the sentiment that whatever we would have gotten in return is better than an inactive Asik.  I disagree.  That argument would be based upon the premise that Asik will remain inactive.  I don’t think that will be the case.  While he’s no doubt upset, he’s not going to cling to this fake injury forever.  He’ll get his act together and suit up and go back to giving us 15 minutes of elite defense (and 48 minutes of rim protection).  That contribution is far better for this team than the impact Lee and Bass would have made, taking into account the financial consequences of adding Lee.

Will Asik’s value lower as the deadline approaches?  Sure, it probably will.  But its not exactly as if you’re missing out on some great prize in Bass and Lee.  If that’s the market value right now for Asik, I’d go as far as to say I’d rather just hang onto Omer until his contract expires a year and a half from now.

If there is one truth in the world, it is that Daryl Morey will not make a trade unless he is absolutely thrilled with it.  There is no “position of desperation.”  He just won’t deal if he doesn’t like it.

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Trade talks done: Asik remains a Rocket for now

From Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

So it looks like Houston will continue to have the best unhappy backup center in the league. Thoughts to come.

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The Rockets Daily – December 19, 2013

Asikocolypse – The day of reckoning is upon us. Houston’s self-imposed deadline to trade Omer Asik has arrived. ESPN reports that Daryl Morey has options. I’m not going to link to every trade-rumor-related article out there, because by the time I do, all said links will be obsolete. Suffice to say that most rumors involve some combination of the following names: Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Jeff Green, Anderson Varejao, and first round draft picks.

Look, I know that no kid really wants a couple of role players and a middling draft pick for Christmas, but it looks like that’s all Mom and Dad can afford this year, champ. Maybe if you’re really good, Santa will bring you a Paul Millsap,  but it’s been a tough year for Santa too. Keep your chin up.

Passing TestAndrew Lynch at Hardwood Paroxysm took an interesting look at the SportVU data for passes per touch. Guess which Rocket came in seventh in the league in percentage? Patrick Beverley may not have court vision like Jason Kidd, but he knows how to keep the ball moving. James Harden has the 17th stickiest fingers in the league, but he’s right there with scoring machines like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. [read more…]

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