Houston Ends Omer Asik Trade Talk After Wanting Thaddeus Young or Spencer Hawes from Sixers

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

A source close to the Sixers told Liberty Ballers early Thursday afternoon that the Houston Rockets called Philadelphia in hopes of trading Omer Asik for either Thaddeus Young or Spencer Hawes. However after much negotiating, Daryl Morey and the Rockets ultimately decided to end all trade talk regarding Omer Asik for the time being.

When members of the NBA community went to bed Wednesday evening, the thought on the forefront of executives and media members’ minds was that Omer Asik was likely headed to the Boston Celtics. There was no three-team deal involved and no monumental blockbuster proposed, simply that Danny Ainge and Daryl Morey agreed to swap Asik for Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a future first round pick. There just remained one hang-up:

But a source suggested to Liberty Ballers after that Wojnarowski tweet that the Sixers and GM Sam Hinkie should not be counted out of an Asik deal just yet.

Sure enough, according to the same source that is close to the Sixers, Houston came calling again Thursday early afternoon about sending Asik to Philadelphia in exchange for either Thaddeus Young or Spencer Hawes.

Why would Morey and the Rockets be interested in dealing with Hinkie after apparently coming to an agreement with the Celtics? The source then said that Houston found Young or Hawes more cohesive with the team’s current roster and playing style than Bass. However, Houston truly wanted a future first round pick in return for its disgruntled Center and the Sixers were not willing to relinquish the rights to a future first rounder while also potentially owing their 2014 first round pick to Miami and a 2016 first round pick to Orlando.

At this point, it would have made sense for the Rockets to attempt to negotiate a three-way trade with the Celtics and Sixers to send Asik to Boston and bring one of Young or Hawes to Houston, but it was reported that while Houston did engage in a three-team trade talk involving the Sixers and another participant, the Rockets never spoke with both Boston and Philadelphia together.

When the clock struck 1 p.m. EST, Houston reportedly called off trade talks involving Asik and that was that. However, their still remains about 10 hours left in December 19, you can never count anything out in NBA trade talk when there's a Hinkie lurking in the shadows.

Also, keep your eye on the Sixers, Rockets and Asik when Houston looks to trade the backup center once again before the February 20 trade deadline.

SB Nation Featured Video
Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.