The Boston Celtics have been in a fair share of trade rumors so far this season.
One that has not been talked much about much, however, is the possibility of the C’s acquiring Houston Rockets seven-footer Omer Asik.
That very rumor has been the latest addition to the list of moves Boston could make, however.
The idea was first proposed by ESPN’s Marc Stein, who states that the Celtics could be a wild card destination for the Turkish center.
Stein cites the “longstanding relationships” that Danny Ainge has with both Houston GM Daryl Morey and coach Kevin McHale.
Stein also points to Brandon Bass or Jeff Green as possible trade pieces to land Asik, as either would fit into a system with Dwight Howard. The Rockets have also been looking for a first-rounder in the process, to the C’s would likely have to dump at least one draft pick.
Asik is averaging 4.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per-game so far this season, and is only playing 18.3 minutes per-game while playing behind Dwight Howard.
Last year, however, Asik played and started all 82 games in the season and scored 10.1 points and grabbed down 11.7 boards a night.
The 27-year-old has missed some time as of late with a bruised right thigh, but the injury doesn’t seem to be too serious.
If Boston was able to add a large body like Asik they would then be able to give Jared Sullinger more minutes at the power forward spot – his ideal position based on size. It would also be a nice addition to the Celtics defense as the big body of Asik would give head coach Brad Stevens more versatility in certain matchups.
Personally, I find it highly unlikely that Ainge trades Jeff Green in any sort of deal for Asik. I do see some clout in the Bass rumor, though, as I think it makes sense for both the Celtics and the Rockets. Theoretically, Bass could stretch the floor some and play with Howard, and the C's could surely use the hieght of Asik.