OK, here we go!Eric (Chicago)
What can the Rockets realistically get for Asik? Everyone knows he's going to be traded and everyone knows he's been asking out ever since Howard signed there. Do the Rockets take a deal now if it suits them or wait closer to the deadline? I mean if they are going to deactivate him on game days, teams will be lining up to not present their best deals. They need him on the floor to enhance his value.
I think they're shopping. Doesn't seem like they have much in the way of a deal right now. Someone like Ryan Anderson of the Pelicans or Ersan Ilyasova of the Bucks would be perfect on the team. They really need a stretch four to compliment Dwight Howard. I think both guys might be available, but not sure Asik is the right bait. May have to be a three team trade.
Houston: Ilyasova, Novak
Milwaukee: DeRozan, Amir, Lowry
Toronto: Asik, Ridnour, Udoh, Giannis 'Po
Houston: Stretch 4's and more shooters to surround Harden, Howard, and Lin.
Milwaukee: Forever looking for the playoffs. This actually gives them some assets that can be retained. I always thought of Milwaukee as a destination for DeRozan because of Ilyasova but DD has been average from 3pt thus far this season and MONEY from the corners. Sadly his eFG% and TS% have plummeted due to the inefficiency of the ISO. Maybe a change in Milwaukee will do him good and Drew loves to move the ball - could be great for him. I think this is a playoff team in the east assuming Sanders gets right and trade machine jacks them +11 wins!:
Essentially Bucks are trading Ilyasova and a (really damn good) prospect for Lowry, DeRozan, Amir, and a likely playoff berth.
Toronto: Asik is a stop over for another trade (see below); Ridnour and Udoh are expirings, Giannis 'Po - Greek Freak!
December 15th rolls around:
Trade 1 with Cleveland: Gay for Bynum and CJ Miles
Trade 2 with Cleveland: Asik for Bennett and someone making at least $300K plus Cleveland's 2014 pick top 8 protected and Memphis 2015 pick or Sacramento 2014 pick top 12 protected
Cleveland: likely playoff team with Gay on wing and Asik in middle.
Toronto: Bynum contract is waived. Bennett and picks! Raptors can flip the Bynum contract again or they can waive him and have a bunch of cap space come draft night to possibly get another pick. More assets gives them a shot to get another higher 2014 pick.