Re: Is it too soon for a Bass for Asik trade?
posted at 11/6/2013 11:51 AM EST
In response to fl+adam,'s comment:
There are certain assets that are just plain hard to find out there in the NBA, and you need a mix of each of these to be successful in the NBA.
Court vision/passing/ball movement
Low post defense
Perimeter/pick and roll defense
Slashing/individual scoring ability
Cohesion/chemistry on both offense and defense
Rondo has alot of this, but severly lacks the perimeter scoring part of his game.
Bradley excells at the perimeter D, and is below average at the perimeter scoring for HIS position as well.
The team is also missing the low post D that is severly needed.
They need a big man, and a big time perimeter shooter for either SF or SG.
Asik is not the Best C in the league by any means, but he is 1) much better than we have, and 2) can be a very complimentary player as you build around him.
I am ok with trading Green, Lee, Bass, heck, anyone not named KO, Favarini, Sully, or rondo towards him.
The only way Bradley works next to rondo on this team is a lights out scorer at the SF spot. Green is not that player.
Rondo, bradley, wiggins, sully, asik would be very strong defensively both inside and out, have good rebounding, and could score by slashing or poping the outside shot. The rebuild would be quick. Add KO, faverini, wallace, and 2 little men currently not on the roster(lee is certainly boderline and brooks can't even get on the court) and we can go far.
Trade for Asik. Overpay slightly for him. Compensate this year if you must by trading either green or bradley. I like bradley alot, but his offensive game is way below average for the position.
Agree with most, especially Houston's need for a more athletic PF with a mid-range jumper to spread the floor.
My concerns are:
1. that Bass is not what Houston would be looking for to meet that need. Houston is looking to build a championship team and Bass is not the elite player they need at PF. I would consider Bass a solid off the bench player on a contender.
2. Houston may want to retain Asik in the likely event that Howard misses time due to injuries. They can both get minutes alternating at center, and against certain teams (like the Celtics or even Miami) the twin towers situational strategy could be very effective.
3. Any deal that would include Asik would IMO likely include a PG upgrade. They currently have four PGs on the roster. #3 Arron Brooks is a capable backup. and they drafted Canaan with their first pick in the 2012 draft. So something has to give. Beaverly is now starting over Lin, (who has a bloated contract). So I see Houston moving Lin with Asik.
IF Boston is involved in a Houston trade, it would likely include a 3rd team. as Boston could use Asik (not Lin) and Houston could use Rondo, but we don't have the PF needed by Houston. Trading Rondo could land Asik and fill other needs.