There have been a couple of constants throughout this 2013-14 NBA season to date.
The Rockets nearly had a deal in place to send Asik to the Boston Celtics earlier in the season, but that fell apart and he has still been unhappy in Houston.
Given the Knicks need for actual talent, and their tendency to have a paper thin frontcourt, the match makes perfect sense.
At least it does to David Thrope from ESPN.com who suggests that of all the teams in the NBA, the Knicks could be a landing spot for Asik at the deadline.
His reasoning is simple, the Knicks need center depth and healthy bigs, something Asik would provide. He also suggests that in order to make the deal work the Knicks send Tyson Chandler and Tim Hardaway Jr. to Houston and the Knicks would take back Asik and Jeremy Lin‘s contract.
Now I am usually receptive to trying to make most trade rumors and most trade scenarios work, trying to put a positive spin on things.
But I can’t really do that here as this scenario makes very little sense for both teams.
On the Knicks side they would be not only parting with the one guy on the team who should be untouchable right now in Hardaway Jr., something I examined Monday when I looked at how the Knicks should approach the trade deadline, but would also be taking back two bad contracts, something the Knicks front office simply cannot do any more. However both Lin and Asik would come off the books after next season which could be viewed as a positive.
But there is the Carmelo Anthony situation and while Lin would slightly upgrade the Knicks poor point guard situation, judging by rumors of the past, Lin’s presence could drive Melo right out the door after this season. Being that he likely already has one foot out the door already, Anthony doesn’t need an extra push from the Knicks front office.
Then there is the Rockets point of view and the fact that they will want more than a couple of potential backups in exchange for Asik. Bringing in Chandler and Hardaway does very little for the Rockets except add depth. That’s nice, but the Rockets biggest need right now is a stretch four.
So while Thorpe’s trade scenario works financially for both teams, it makes very little sense for either side.
The Knicks have other needs to address and bringing in Asik doesn’t necessarily make them much better.