Houston has ended talks on an Omer Asik trade and plan to keep him for now, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 19, 2013 at 1:50 PM|
The latest is from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. According to Wojo, Houston has not found a deal they like enough to move Asik. It was rumored that the Celtics and Houston were fighting over the pick the Celtics would give up, and it sounds like perhaps that pick was not worth it for the Celtics, or Danny maybe Houston wanted too much for Asik, as I feared.
This wasn't the trade deadline exactly, it was more of Houston's deadline, and honestly, how many times did we see over the summer when Doc was traded, and when Paul and Kevin were moved. Anything can happen, Danny did talk about the trade today on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub on Thursday morning, Ainge was asked about if any deal was imminent.
"I have no indication of that, other than the rumors,” said Ainge. “I have no indication, in my dealings with and calls with other teams, that we're close to doing a deal.”
Later Ainge added, “We’re just opportunistic. When you read our name out there, sometimes it’s true, sometimes it’s not. The reports are embellished for sure right now, but we are having discussions and seeing what opportunities there are out there."
Asked in general about the value of a defensive-minded big man, Ainge admitted it’s hard to find quality centers.
“I think it’s valuable,” he said. “I think that everybody is looking for big guys that can defend. You’re also looking for big guys that can score in the post, big guys that can shoot and pass, versatile players. There are no perfect players out there, but there are good pieces on all teams. The NBA is loaded with quality players. Big guys are much harder to find than small guys.”
Danny is active, and I think he's looking for stuff out there. Just typical Danny.