Re: Ainge not close to a deal.
posted at 12/19/2013 1:33 PM EST
In response to Eldunker's comment:
That doesn't make sense to me.
If they keep Asik, then they will lose all their negotiating power in last minute deals at the trade deadline (which Danny and everybody else is aware of). They will be forced to pull the trigger out of desparation or deal with his upcoming contract or lose him altogether in FA.
The best deal(s) they will get are on the table now. They will only get worse down the road IMO. Epecially when the Cs, and others in need of a center, can pursue other deals too.
Not to mention the fact, they want to trade him out East so Dwight doesn't face his defense in the playoffs. Problem is Atlanta, has Horford. Brooklyn, Lopez, the Pacers Hibbert, Pistons Drummond, Bobcats Jefferson and the Heat have nothing to offer the rockets but very late round picks.
So that leads rebuilding teams, like the sixers and celtics. The Sixers (and others) will take a few years to develop their draft picks, So by the time Wiggens, Parker or whoever, hits his prime the 29 year old Asik will be past his. It doesn't make any sense for them to go after Asik.
That leaves The Celtics who were the only team with their multiple draft picks, and collection of assets, who could trade for a player like Asik and hope to compete before his prime is over. Meaning if the Celtics gave the best offer, Houston isn't likely to get anyone (out east anyway) to top it.
It's almost as if Houston would rather just let him rot on the bench.