According a report from TNT’s David Aldrige, the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a potential landing spot for the Houston Rockets center Omer Asik. And the potential cost? Anderson Varejao.
ICYMI: Rockets will trade Asik next Wednesday or Thursday. And do not discount Cleveland/Varejao. Would be perfect fit next to Howard.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) December 13, 2013
Asik has an obviously valuable skill set as a big man who is an excellent defender (and the Cavaliers have had interest in the Turkish big man) but he doesn’t have a fit on this Wine & Gold team as currently constructed. As in Houston, where Asik was asked to play alongside another center in Dwight Howard, he’d have to play alongside a true center in Andrew Bynum. There are differences in the situations (Howard being much more mobile than Bynum, for one) but there a lot of similarities here. And what purpose would it serve to move Asik from a situation with two centers (where he was publicly unhappy and asked to be traded) to another?
From Houston’s perspective, this trade would make perfect sense. Varejao would fit perfectly next to Howard and would fill Houston’s biggest positional need. Salary wise, Varejao makes a slightly higher cap hit than Asik, but not enough to end any talks. The Brazilian also doesn’t have a guaranteed salary beyond this season, meaning that if he didn’t fit, it would be no harm, no foul on Houston’s end.
But still, I see no upside to this deal from the Cavaliers’ point of view. There is no need for Asik on the roster, despite how good he is on the defensive end and probably would be a favorite of Mike Brown. Plus, per 82games.com, Varejao is part of the Cavaliers three best five-man lineups. Adding Asik to the picture would obviously change that and have an affect on offensive spacing. Unless Houston wants to throw in Chandler Parsons and solve the Cavaliers longtime small forward problem, then I see no upside to any trade that nets the Wine & Gold Asik.
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