The Houston Rockets continue to explore various trade scenarios in an attempt to move center Omer Asik. Prior to joining Houston as a free agent last season Asik was a member of the Chicago Bulls and played limited minutes spelling Joakim Noah.
Upon signing a 3-year $25 million deal and playing starter’s minutes Asik achieved a career high 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.
That left two starting centers and one center spot. Asik’s improvement was obvious, but Howard was still an obvious upgrade. With his playing time reduced, Asik requested a trade. Initially the Rockets were determined to keep him, eventually they decided to explore their options and see what was out there in return.
That leads us to all of the various scenarios. Houston general manager Daryl Morey has looked into acquiring Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets. Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng’s name has been mentioned. The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly in the mix too.
Personally I think Asik could stay and be more of a team player and try to make the best of a somewhat unfortunate situation. That isn’t going to happen.
Instead of pursuing Deron Williams, I think Houston should stay in the Atlantic Division and make a run at former Cat and current Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. By any means necessary.
Rondo is recovering from a knee injury as we all know. Assuming he comes back healthy, he would be a nice fit for the Rockets.
When he’s at his best we know what he’s capable of. He piles up assists with ease. The Rockets love to get up and down and have numerous scorers and finishers. More importantly, Rondo would help on the defensive end of the floor. Even with the addition of Howard, Houston still ranks near the bottom of the league defensively.
Trimming a few points off of the opponents’ average each night can only help. Houston doesn’t need to win every game in shootout fashion.
Rondo is capable of scoring on occasion but it wouldn’t be imperative that he do so in Houston.
When Houston finally pulls the trigger on a deal to move Asik, I doubt Rondo will be heading back to H-Town, but it would sure be nice if he was.
(Update: 10:11 a.m. ET) According to FanSided it looks as if the Rockets may have decided to hang on to Asik.