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Celtics in the lead for Asik

Posted by shawn cassidy on December 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

When this trade broke news, I wasn't a fan of it, and I'm still uncertain. As the deal stands now. The deal would help the Celtics perhaps on a few fronts. The first is all about the money and contracts. Lee's current deal has him on the books for the next three years, and basically Danny would earn 5.7 million. Bass is on the books for the next two years, so it's a wash with Asik's deal with the years, not the cash. The Celtics would also give up a pick. I like Asik, but I don't see this guy as the savior, many folks are acting like he's an All-Star. He's pricy, and at least it's only two years to see if he is who he is. 

Adrian Wojnarowski        @WojYahooNBA 

Serious talks on Boston-Houston package for Asik have included Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a 1st round pick, sources tell Yahoo.

Adrian Wojnarowski         @WojYahooNBA 

The Boston Celtics are gaining traction in talks to acquire Houston center Omer Asik, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

There is another possible deal out there, which I don't like. It goes like this.

ESPN Boston

One possible scenario that has emerged, sources say, is a three-way trade in which Boston lands Asik, Cleveland absorbs the contract of Celtics forward Jeff Green and Houston scores no fewer than one of the future first-round picks it covets for surrendering Asik. Other players would have to be involved in such a trade to make the salary-cap math work, but it's the sort of trade that would fall in line with Cleveland's well-known focus on upgrading its options at small forward.

All I know is that Danny couldn't keep his hand out of the cookie jar again. I know you can't teach being seven foot. Asik is known to be a great defensive player, and he's 28 so I'm pretty sure he's peaked. I honestly like the little core that we have, but when you think of Lee's role, and Bass as well. The Celtics can afford to lose him, as we saw during the T'Wolves game when Hump stepped up with Bass in foul trouble. With Rondo returning, Crawford will eat most of the minutes out there that Lee has played. This deal may mess up the chemistry that was built, but maybe I'm flip flopping on this one. I could be a risk free gamble in a sense.

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Reply Celticslifer
5:09 PM on December 18, 2013 
If Wojo says that this deal is going down, for the most part it is. I'm split, but I think this helps both teams, and Lee goes back to Houston.