Now that the Houston Rockets have Dwight Howard, Omer Asik is superfluous. With or without Asik, the Rockets figure to be a favorite for the Western Conference finals. The only difference is whether the Rockets are paying Asik to sit on the bench at the end of games.
Diehard Celtics fan Bill Simmons has a solution to the Rockets’ problem, sort of. In his NBA preview video with Jalen Rose on Thursday, Simmons suggests the Celtics and Rockets make a straight-up swap.
“And then Houston fans can be as frustrated with Jeff Green as I am,” Simmons says.
The Asik-for-Ryan Anderson trade Simmons suggested in an earlier preview video actually makes more sense, since Anderson’s 3-point shooting is a better fit with Howard, the Pelicans could use a defensive-minded center alongside Anthony Davis and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge might not be keen on adding a 27-year-old center who makes $16 million over the next two seasons.
But, hey, nobody ever said trade rumors had to make sense to be fun to talk about.
Scroll to the 6:30 mark in the video below to hear Simmons’ prediction.