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Your Morning Dump… Where the Celtics are in the mix for Omer Asik

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) December 16, 2013 The Morning Dump, Trades 80 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The advice offered to us on Sunday was stern: Keep an eye on Boston. The Celtics possess two players in different salary ranges that would presumably fit in useful ways next toDwight HowardJeff Green and Brandon Bass. The Celts also have a spare first-round draft pick or two to plug into any trade equation to sweeten the deal for Houston, amid rising suspicions around the league that Morey’s Rockets are going to find a way to come out of the Asik saga with at least one future first.

The same Rockets who happen to have a GM (Morey) and coach (Kevin McHale) who have long-standing relationships with Celts president Danny Ainge.

So, yes, I’d say you should keep an eye on Boston.

ESPN: Omer Asik talks progressing

Asik is an interesting guy.

Here’s an admitted over-simplification of where Asik stands in the NBA:  He’s overrated and overpaid to some fans, a bit of a darling in the analytics community.

Last year, he averaged 10 points and nearly 12 rebounds.  Not bad in 30 minutes a game.  The Celtics could use a double-double kind of center who is a legit 7-footer.  His career numbers are less than those, which, coupled with his big contract, earn him the “overrated” label.  But when you look at measures like rebounding and block percentage, his carer numbers (20.7% and 3.4% respectively) compare very well to Dwight Howard’s (20.8% and 4.5%).

And then there is, of course, his contract.  Zach Lowe took a closer look at the Asik trade situation on Grantland a couple of days ago

Asik [is] worth more than the $8.3 million cap hit his contract brings next season. Whatever team gets Asik will have to pay him $15 million in actual money in 2014-15 because of the balloon payment built into Asik’s weird contract, and that payment is a meaningful obstacle in the ongoing talks, per several sources. It turned off the Pelicans, for instance, though they were never super-interested in flipping Ryan Anderson for Asik. That’s a lot of money, and even Asik’s biggest fans across the league are not sure he’d bring $15 million of on-court value in a heavy-minutes starting role. There’s also a sense that Morey subverted the spirit of CBA rules with the Lin and Asik deals, and that now he’s trying to ditch Asik right before the largest bill comes due. There’s a flip side to that sentiment, of course: The Rockets violated no rules in signing Asik, and whichever team gets him will get a partial Asik season at a bargain rate. But the resentment is out there. Nobody likes to feel swindled. Asik’s recent moping, including his asking out of the lineup last month when Houston visited New York, has raised concerns about his “attitude.” But those concerns don’t appear serious. Asik plays hard and cares very much about getting better at basketball.

The contract is the killer of a deal with the Celtics, in my opinion.  His $8.3 million cap hit is manageable, and the Celtics could throw a package that includes Bass-plus-salary filler or Green alone and whatever picks were necessary to complete the move.  But are the Celtics truly going to pay $15 million in actual money to Asik next season?

I doubt that.

They could just do it to flip Asik to a team that might be more willing to pay an expensive center who happens to have a more manageable cap number.  But are the C’s willing to give up one of their precious future first round picks to do that?  Is Asik, if featured in a larger role and, soon, along side Rajon Rondo going to up his value to a point that Jeff Green and a pick seems like a bargain?

I’m skeptical, but I’m certainly not ruling anything out.  But whatever happens, I do want to make one thing clear.  A trade like this isn’t about improving on-court performance, nor is it a sign of making a playoff push.  Danny Ainge is not motivated by on-the-floor success, so don’t judge any trade or trade rumor in that light.

Ainge is motivated almost entirely from the business side of roster construction right now, so if something does go down, try to figure out what it means financially first, then we can look into how Asik would fit on the court.

The Rockets have set a December 19 deadline for Asik to be moved.  Let’s see how it goes.

Related links:  ESPN Boston: Eyes on C’s in Asik sweepstakes

On Page 2: Rondo’s shooting the lights out

Celtics practice began at 2 p.m. yesterday, but there was an All-Star in the gym getting up shots nearly an hour and a half before then.

“That’s one of the best things about Rajon,” said assistant coach Ron Adams, who was feeding and guiding Rajon Rondo around the hoop at the northwest end of the facility. “He really wants to get better.”

It will still be weeks before Rondo makes his season debut following ACL surgery rehab and gets to show off his improvements, but coach Brad Stevens isn’t looking for much of a perimeter marksmanship drop-off after watching Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley combine to burn some strings.

“I think he shoots the ball pretty well, and his work and his shooting has really been good,” Stevens said of Rondo, who went through his first full practice yesterday. “That’s the one thing he’s been able to do, especially catch and shoot, for the last couple of months. And he’s put in a lot of time like these other guys have, so I think he’ll make shots when he comes back.”

Herald:  Rondo could give Jordan Crawford a boost

Rondo’s mid-range jumper looked good last year.  If he can improve on that even more, he can take the Avery Bradley approach (I can’t believe I just used AB as an example either) and shoot without hesitation when teams go under screens on pick-and-roll plays.  I know he approaches the game thinking pass first (and second, and third, and fourth), but sometimes you have to be willing to score to soften up the defense.

It’s the one thing I think Rondo does need to show this year.  With this new roster, he’s going to have to pick up the scoring burden.  I think he also knows that, and the playoffs have shown he’s not afraid to do it when he has to.

Still, a little more scoring would be nice.  And if he’s got more a more polished jumper, I’d love to see it used.

Related links:  Globe:  Celtics set to make room for Rondo  |  MWDN: Rondo bringing highlights to workouts  |  ESPN Boston: Practice:  Rondo brings highlights

The rest of the links:

CSNNE:  Crawford getting the opportunity he deserves  |  Faverani embraces being a member of Celtics family  |  ESPN Boston:  Infant C’s: 1 month checkup  |

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  • Robert Hodgman

    Giving up Green for Asik is a JOKE! Like was said in the article, it doesn’t make you better or worse, so what is the point?? All that does is add salary next year, and make the team WAY less exciting to watch.
    Even if Asik was more “consistent” (b/s term thrown around by haters) than Green, I would rather watch Green dominate every third or forth game than Asik go out and get 10 and 11 every night, of the most boring points you’ve ever seen.

    • Curt Hays

      Totally right, which is why I’m starting to think that Danny lets these rumors spread just so that people will think that he’s NOT tanking. I think he’s hiding his true motive.
      “The Art of Trading (War)” by Danny Ainge

  • bill_nair

    Rondo has always had the confidence to shoot except it seems in games. Watch him in an empty gym he will hit every shot from all over the floor.

    I’m really not interested in Asik. Ya hes probably a top 10 center and we have an obvious need for one but I think hes overrated. Terrible hands and is just bad on offense. And as mentioned his contract is ridiculous. Hes getting near max money just to play defense and rebound. I’m just not sold on Asik as others are.

  • Chuck Da buck

    If they get rid of green for Asik that is robbery Asik is just big he’s not athletic at all. Jeff green and a 1 st rounder is crazy Asik is way overpaid he is not as good as people are saying the rockets know that that’s the reason he dont play. He is a awful fit with rondo rondo needs an athletic center to play with. Asik is not athletic and can’t spread the floor this would be one of the worst trades ever. The rockets know they overpaid but since he was decent last year they don’t want to play him to show everyone how awful that contract is.

    • bill_nair

      Rondo also needs a center with good hands who can catch it right under the rim. We seen how many times Perk fumbled or blew those opportunities. And remember how dominant shaq looked with rondo? Asik is Perk but more mobile.

  • CFH

    This is the part where watching Danny Ainge acquire “assets” instead of pieces/players/people gets frustrating, even with the knowledge that it’s not about the short run, it’s about having currency to get something he wants at a later date.

    • Robert Hodgman

      Well if Ainge can get Asik without giving up Green it would make this team much better. Because we have guys that can step in and fill the shoes of Bass. We have nobody to come in at the 3 and avg. 17 pts and 5 Rebs. As well as play solid-elite defense on the .Brons, Melos, and P.Georges of the world.
      Rondo, Bradley, Green, Sully, and Asik is a very good, and fairly young starting 5. Replace Green and Sully with Wallace and Bass and it is a very, very, average team. Still not bad enough to get a high draft pick mind you.

    • Frank Aziza

      But we have a decent team. Asik for Bass is very good. A lineup of Rondo, Bradley. Green, Sully and Asik is a damn good team. Crawford, Vitor and Kelly off the bench is very good. If a Rondo plays at all star level it’s a great team.

      • Chuck Da buck

        I don’t think Asik fits with rondo at all. Rondo would do better with vitor than Asik. Asik will make rondos life miserable he can’t stretch the floor dragging centers out to honor his shot like kg did opening up the lane on pik n pops for rondo to work.

        • Shawn

          While I don’t agree on trading for asik now people are underrating him a little on here. He is a very good defender and can be a game changer on that end as he is a good shot blocker and rebounder and would fit perfectly into what I’ve seen of brad stevens system on that end. On offense Shaq who also couldn’t really score out side of the paint didn’t really hurt rondo. The bad part of Asik is that he has no post game, range, and while he can catch he has a hard time finishing at times though has shown improvement every year. and while yes they have to pay him 15 mil only about 8.3 mil I believe is the cap hit so doesn’t hurt our cap space anymore that bass or green in reality

          • Chuck Da buck

            Shaquille was like 700 lbs when we got him there are players still stuck to him now from piks he set.lol. I just don’t want Asik I’ve been praying for us to get an athletic center who can run like a gazelle that blocks shots I think rondo would kill it then. A guy that I like that we might be able to get in the draft is adrien Payne. He’s super athletic and can hit the three. He’s nba ready I think he’s perfect wit rondo.

          • Shawn

            Just read something about Small lungs that could impact conditioning. Looks like he is developing fast from being a Deandre Jordan type to an actual benefit on offense and good post defender. But is a senior. Would be good for a mid-late round pick but would rather get someone with slightly higher upside if we end up missing the playoffs

          • Chuck Da buck

            Ya I think he will be there when we have a pick thats why like him he seems like the wide open nba game will benefit him a ton I think he’s going to be very good. Another guy I think we can get in the late first for a two guard is stauskus I didn’t no he was as athletic as he is and he’s a sniper. He reminds me of Gordon Hayward. I’d be happy with either one in the late first.

          • Chuck Da buck

            Is it Haywood or Hayward?

          • Andy

            Hayward

  • Chuck Da buck

    If vitor played thirty minutes a night he would average 10 and 12 easily why would they get Asik when vitor already shows signs of being a better player Asik is ahead of him on defense but vitor has the skills to be just as good and vitor is a million times the all around better player. If ainge makes this move he is getting robbed the rockets kno they made a huge mistake with his contract and there trying to veer value him to trick teams into thinking he’s a game changer.

    • bill_nair

      Agreed. He has assets and guys at every position who just need more experience. I like the idea of Vitor, Iverson and KO being our Centers of the future. I believe we could get an Asik type center (assuming Vitor doesn’t pan-out) without paying $15 mill.

      • Chuck Da buck

        Ya but that’s what makes the trade so dumb every time I watch vitor play he shows me that he will pan out. I don’t like the idea of losing green without seeing what him and rondo can do together. Green is money on corner threes and rondo can easily get green five corner threes a game. Crawford gets him a couple but rondo knows how to break down the d to where he knows green will be there and make a perfect pass.

        • bill_nair

          Ya I think giving up Green is just flat out stupid. I mean im all for trading Green but only if it improves us or gives us a better asset. Its a horizontal move and with no real direction. Its not the move Danny should make.

          Add to the fact people are talking about giving up picks for asik I just think its silly. We need a defensive center but we need cap space, a scorer and some direction before we add what seems like a “get-us-over-the-hump” final move.

      • Shawn

        Anyone know how Iverson is doing overseas right now? Finals week so i don’t really have time to search for him

    • Tommy_Heinsohn

      Vitor can spread the floor too! The guy can hit 3s for godssake

  • dshowerman

    Only a package around Wallace, Bass & #1 for Osik and filler.

  • Frank Aziza

    Bass and a pick for Asik is great. If they throw Green on there I stop watching.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Tough call

    The Good : Just the thought of disposing of Green or Bass is both heart warming and enticing.

    The Bad : Surrendering a valuable draft pick. Also, Asik might as well have the words “Ridiculously Expensive Nenad Krystic” stenciled on his forehead!

    The Morality : Ainge owes his GM career to McHale, for accepting all our “toxic waste” in 2007 in exchange for KG. There is a debt to be paid.

    • Curt Hays

      I can’t believe that I am starting to agree with you more than anyone else. I DO reserve my right to have irrational opinions regarding the Celtics when Kevin Garnett, Larry Bird, or Rondo is invovled, but otherwise RLC, you’re looking at it the way I think Danny Ainge sees it.
      Tell us the truth…are you really Danny Ainge?

      • KGino

        Danny Ainge would not consider disposing Green as “heart warming” … Jeff Green has warmed DA’s heart since his Georgetown days.

        • Curt Hays

          I cannot argue that either way, but I do know that we can’t get any superstars unless we shed some salary. Bass isn’t going to lead us to the ship. With both Green and Bass making as much as they are, no one will be leading us anywhere unless Green starts being an a hole again.

          • Chuck Da buck

            So why bring Asik here his contract is worse. I didnt like basses contract either but he’s starting to earn some of it. And jeff greens contract is actually good I remember everyone hating on it I thought it was smart for Danny to pay him before he got back in shape cause another team woulda offered more than what he makes now.

          • Curt Hays

            I wasn’t supporting a trade for Asik. Who was in this specific thread?
            How can you keep calling Green’s contract “great”? A great contract is the one AB has right now or the one that DMC has. That’s great. Jeff’s might be win-win, but it isn’t great. Bass’s contract is actually pretty good. But if we trade Bass away for a great Center, then we’d be in great shape.

          • Shawn

            Except this would hurt us in small ball and against the heat and knicks

          • Curt Hays

            Are you saying that losing Bass would hurt us in Small Ball? Defensively, Sully/Kelly/Wallace/Humphries are all partial duplicates of Bass. So you think it’s smart to keep paying Humphries ($12M), Wallace ($10M), and Bass ($7M) because they each have something the other doesn’t? We need to eliminate duplication.

            Humphries as the same size as Bass but far better in the paint, and he is faster. Sully is better in every aspect. Kelly is dirt cheap, and better in the paint.

            Why keep a $7M, undersized PF who spends most of his time outside of the paint? Let the guards shoot. Sully and Kelly shoot well, and Sully/Kelly/Humphries can rebound better anyway.

          • Shawn

            There’s a reason Bass has been put on melo and lebron for the past 3 years by two different coaches. He’s really good at defending small 4s, large 3s. He’s been acknowledged as the defensive backbone of this team by every player and most media. Sully is good defensively but can’t stay with 3s, and Humphries looks lost at times. I’m not saying keep him necessarily but not him and a pick for asik. not worth it unless we get something else (actual cap relief would be lovely)

          • Curt Hays

            Eeeh, the defensive argument is a stretch…New York and Miami beat the crap out of us last year. Bass isn’t good enough to stop all that. We need more of a presence in the paint, more rebounds, and Bass is just too middle of the road to help inside or outside the paint. I’d rather have Tony Allen than Bass.

          • Shawn

            If tony allen was tradeable right now I could work a deal where we get TA and Asik in the trade machine. Now that would be wonderful to be able to feature a stopper lineup of all plus defenders. Rondo, AB, TA, Sully, Asik. Don’t know if I’d really include sully in a stopper lineup but good for rebounding when asik is out of postion on help D. but Basicall, send TA and Asik to us, Bass and Bogans/Lee/Crawford/Brooks to Houston, Garcia and the rights to Colton Iverson to Grizzlies might work in the trade machine. probably have to include a pic

          • Chuck Da buck

            If that was our lineup we would score 43 points a game but hold teams to a record low by only allowing 56 but we’d still lose every game.

          • Shawn

            It’d be fun as that team no one ever wants to play for a year. and we’d have ab and rondo can make anyone look good. I’d think a lot of wins where we score like 83 and hold them to 76 on 20% shooting XD

          • Chuck Da buck

            Maybe not great but its a good contract he’s in his prime and is good on offense and defense I’m basically saying that everyone was acting like it was awful A year ago. I’m willing to bet every gm in the league would sign jeff green to that same contract.

          • Shawn

            Asiks contract isn’t actually worse on the cap sheet, just the owners pockets. still don’t want him right now for bass or green as bass is more versatile and arguable our second best defender and really good against melo and lebron

      • RedsLoveChild

        DA is the #1 easiest GM in all of sports to “mind-read”. He`s as transparent as a pane of glass that has just been cleaned with Windex.

        Danny`s next major move : Jordan Crawford should start contacting the Mayflower Moving Van Company for rates. DA is gonna ship his ass out of Boston within the next 4-8 weeks, along with another player, one who has a bad contract.

      • Curt Hays

        Wait a minute? I’m getting downvoted? For what? What did RLC say that isn’t true?

        – Bass and Green are overpaid. EVERYONE was bitching about that all Summer.

        - Asik IS too expensive and not worth a first round pick

        - And IIRC, McHale DID give us a decent player that lead to decent success for the Celtics.
        Why the downvotes? Short memories?

        • KGino

          lol that tends to happen when you take RLC’s side in anything… Or give him any props (i.e. asking him if he’s really DA)

          • Curt Hays

            Haha, thanks, I’ll keep that in mind. Let’s see if I can make up for it.

            I love the Celtics. I hate the Heat. I hate the Lakers.

            Larry Bird is awesome. #BostonStrong #bleedgreen #Banner18

            …this is going to get downvoted so much…LOL

          • Shawn

            Downvote for karma whoring :P jk ahaha. I do generally disagree with RLC his opinions are generally very far out there. Bass and Green are worth the contracts on a contending team. Our teams circumstances make them not so. I still would not be happy seeing green go if it only netted asik. Bass I could be persuaded

          • Curt Hays

            Haha, I prefer to call it karma harvesting.

            Asik is a fine center, and worthy, but I don’t think we’d go anywhere but middle of the road with him this season. And picking up all the money for next season might not be worth it unless we dump Lee and Humphries too.

          • Shawn

            Keep humphries, dump lee, the rockets could use lee and we could use the cap reliefe next year and the year after. might go waste time on trade machine to see if way to dump wallace. (A man can dream right) only problem is Houston wants to empty cap space for next year to make room for a max level free agent

          • Curt Hays

            Go check out Rich’s comment up above. I might support an Asik trade now. Bass and say Marshon Brooks for Asik…

          • Shawn
          • Curt Hays

            Sure, but then you are paying an extra $8M do hold onto a back up point guard just in case someone is injured.

          • Shawn

            But it expires a year earlier than wallaces contract and saves us 2 mil in cap space

          • Curt Hays

            All of which means that Houston would never go for it.

          • Shawn

            Like I said a man can dream :(

          • Rich Jensen

            Here’s the nugget from that comment: Asik counts for $8.5M toward cap next year, not $15M.

          • RedsLoveChild

            LOL!
            Don`t worry about it, Curt….I sure as hell don`t!!

            Besides, it`s my duty to at least try to “enlighten” the sad, misguided, and uninformed souls amongst us…with some degree of basketball knowledge in a blunt, concise, and fact-filled manner!

          • RedsLoveChild

            Props to Curt….for seeing right through my “RLC” pseudonym!

            Best wishes KGino,

            Danny Ainge
            President of Basketball Operations
            Boston Celtics

    • Chuck Da buck

      U do realize that jeff greens contract is now one of the best in the league most people new it would turn out that way he’s not someone who needs to be traded when he’s our second best player on a great contract. When rondo gets back jeff green will be scoring six extra points on dunks alone.

      • RedsLoveChild

        You do NOT win championship with “Jeff Green-type” players. The Jeff Greens of this world exist solely to supply SportsCenter with entertaining dunks.

        You win championships with battle-tested, mentally tough “warriors”….guys like a much younger KG, Pierce, Posey, MJ, Bird, Cowens, Magic, etc.

        • Chuck Da buck

          Jeff green is a much better championship piece than Asik. Jeff green is very mentally tough he s never to high or too low that’s the same reason people hate him but clearly it works in the last seconds of games where he is arguably the most clutch player in the league.

  • Tommy_Heinsohn

    Kevin McHale- “Hey Danny, remember that favor I did for you when I was with the T’Wolves? Yeah. And I told you you would owe me one? Well I’ve got another big man….”

    I really hope this doesn’t go down. Asik sucks, if you played Kris Humphries 30 minutes a night he would average a double-double.

    • Frank Aziza

      I was thinking the same thing. Danny owes Kevin a favor.

  • swissflix

    good lord, so many good arguments here. There is no way i would give up an athletic Jeff Green in his prime to Houston. Having a center who can contribute (not that much, though) is intriguing, but i would not give up a very solid player like Bass just that easily. Hope Danny plays it tough.

  • Suarez

    Brandon Bass and a top-18 protected first rounder. No more.

    • Suarez

      Well, maybe a little more. Either Brooks or Bogans to make the money right. Or I guess the trade exception from the Nets deal could be used.

      • Shawn

        Can’t package the trade exception, brooks as bogans is more useful in trades (less talent value but 5 mil expiring) plus I still want brooks to get a fair shake here. Especially if Crawford becomes too expensive this off season (i can’t believe I typed that) maybe Stevens could work a miracle on him too

        • Suarez

          My bad, I had it mixed up. I thought they could package it, but could not break it up into multiple parts. But it’s the other way around.

  • Rich Jensen

    Bass + Bogans + Clips 2015 pick (the Celtics will still have TWO first rounders in that draft, and realistically, are going to deal one of those three picks for a player at some point).

    For those who say “Celtics should be sellers, not buyers”, I disagree. They should be ‘bargain hunters’. You do not pass up an opportunity to acquire an ‘asset’ you need (a center) in exchange for an asset that you don’t need (Bass). Ask yourself: When will you be able to do better than this? What other, better, centers can you pick up? I like Bass, but w/Olynyk, Sullinger & Green, they can part with him.

    For those cringing at Asik’s salary next year, the Celtics are paying Bogans the full MLE this year, and that’s an even bigger reach than Asik’s hit next year.

    For those who say “VITOR”–that’s fine. Because, you know what? How awesome would it be if the Celtics had *two* decent centers on the roster, who had *different* skills and abilities? When was the last time that happened? Vitor & Asik give Stevens options. Vitor & a PF playing out of position is not exactly an ideal alternative to Vitor/Asik.

    • Curt Hays

      We have too many “assets” and not enough players. The time will be right, and Danny likely will use it successfully. Assets = Duplication. People, listen to Rich Jensen.

      I’m not saying that Asik is the answer though. We are held back right now because we don’t have a dominating back court OR a dominating Center.

      • Rich Jensen

        The other thing to remember. Asik’s full salary next year does not count against the cap. Only the ~$8.5M average. That can *easily* be managed, as Humphries comes off the books and can be replaced with cheap depth at the #3.

        • Curt Hays

          Well that is news to me. Good news actually.

    • Shawn

      I would rather package someone other than bogans as after this season his salary comes of the books (full unguaranteed). I would only be on board for dealing bass and first rounder for asik if it also got rid of a contract I really don’t want. Lee is going to become expendable when rondo returns and getting rid of wallaces albatross would be heaven

      • Rich Jensen

        IMO, you have to trade Bogans. He’s like a living breathing trade exception. He does nothing for the C’s if his salary just expires. And I don’t mind if the C’s end up paying the tax next year, because I think w/Asik they’re a legit contender for a top seed. Bass+Bogans+Hump out, Asik’s ~$8.5M in puts the C’s about $12M ahead.

  • adam

    Can someone explain to me how the trade exception works and how much of one do we have? In a brief summary of course.

    • Rich Jensen

      The trade exception allows the team with the exception to take on more salary in a trade than they would otherwise be permitted to under the CBA.

      The reason why there’s a ‘trade machine’ for basketball is because salaries have to match, within a certain percentage. That’s not the case in other sports (AFAIK).

      And even though the salaries have to match within a percentage, the dollar figures match up exactly, which creates a trade exception. Say you trade a player with a salary of $2M, and you receive a player with a salary of $1.8M. You have also acquired a $200k trade exception. You can use this trade exception in a subsequent trade. If you want to trade for a player making $2.2M, and the CBA does not permit you to accept a player making more than $2M, you can use your $200K trade exception to acquire the player (this is a fairly simple explanation, but covers the basics). Trade exceptions expire after a year.

      Because of the way the Celtics structured the individual salary matches in the Nets trade, they were able to create a $10M trade exception. They can use this to, for instance, trade a draft pick for a player making $10M per year. However, there are other reasons why they can’t take on $10M in salary this year.

      • adam

        Rich, Thanks. I get it now.

        • Shawn

          As I understand it though or at least in 2010 you can’t package a player and a trade exception to match another players salary. It can only be used in trades such as exception and pick for player. Now you could structure the deal where the trade exception absorbs a bad contract the other team doesn’t want then trade players and picks for superstar but you can’t do bass and part of trade exception for asik

  • Shawn

    “This will all unfold in the next six days. And Morey is right about one thing: All the evidence suggests that any team that plays Asik for 30 minutes a game will have an elite defense over those 30 minutes, and one that protects the basket very well. The evidence also suggests such rim protection is an essential ingredient in building a championship contender.” -Zach Lowe Just lose a little offense in the process but not as much as one might think considering the players around him since our centers don’t get a lot of touches anyways

  • MrCuret

    Tommy Heinsohn also said last week that Rondo’s shooting the 3 pt consistently. I can’t wait to see how much he has improved his shooting. If he comes back with a jump shot, look out!

  • frickenWaaaltah

    It sounds like the Rockets are still looking for a sucker. Thankfully, Danny is probably the last GM who would give away a draft pick for any player with only one year remaining on his contract, let alone one as expensive as Asik.

    I think the smart offer is just Humphries for Asik straight up, no picks, no other players involved, no cash (and the real GM checker says it works; not sure if that is right though). The Rockets probably won’t be offered a better combo of a good contract and a player they need on the court than Humphries.

    Even if they’d do it…I’m not sure I like what it’d do to the cap situation in summer 2015. They’d probably have to renounce the rights to Asik and then be a long shot to re-sign him if they still wanted to. And meanwhile back in the present season, the C’s are more likely to get a pick for Humphries than the Rockets are for Asik.

  • uncle copious

    If Danny trades Green for Asik I will curl up into a fetal ball and dry heave until death. Seriously Jeff green is one of the most viscious dunkers in the league right now why deprive Celtics fans of the ESPN top 10 show he gives us?