An interesting opportunity has arisen from Dwight Howard officially taking his talents to Houston. Omer Asik has made his desire not to play behind Howard known via a trade request.
The San Antonio Spurs should seize the moment and see if the Houston Rockets would be willing to entertain Asiks’ trade request. Now trading to an intra-divisional foe would be a misstep by Houston but then again, it is not like Spurs have traded within the division in the past. Remember the Luis Scola trade?
Recently, Sports World Report mentioned San Antonio might be a possible destination (via trade) for Omer but what can the Spurs trade for the big man?
A possible trade would have Matt Bonner and Danny Green heading to the Rockets in exchange for Omer Asik and Francisco Garcia, (courtesy of the ESPN Trade Machine).
During the Finals, the Miami Heat exploited the Spurs inability to clearing the boards was a key point in not being able to finish the games six and seven off.
Asik would bring a stronger presence on the boards, greater ability to make opponents change their shots and flexibility in being able to pair with the other big men in San Antonio. He would be a presence down low when paired with Boris Diaw or Tim Duncan in the high post.
This trade would give Tiago Splitter a opportunity to build up his confidence via working against the other team’s second unit. There by providing him the confidence to not to disappear when the Spurs need him the most.
The acquisition of Francisco Garcia would help replace the shooting that would be loss with the trade of Danny Green. Garcia is perimeter shooter that will fit well in the Spurs do what you do best offense. As stated in this article, written by Patrick Harrel of the Dream Shake website, Garcia is a “Knockdown Shooter with Big Time Confidence and Big Time Range," but plays with a “high basketball IQ” that is required to play for Coach Greg Popovich.
Now I am disappointed in seeing the shooting of Matt Bonner (aka the Red Mamba) but his lack of effectiveness down low caused Coach Popovich to keep him on the bench for a majority of the NBA Finals series. If Bonner’s shot is not falling, then there is not another way for him to contribute to the Spurs cause.
The loss of Danny Green would be a bit more noticeable. He had clutch moments and showed up big in the playoffs and Finals. The Rockets would seeking something in value in return for Asik and the only other option would Kawhi Leonard; and you have a better chance of seeing Coach Popovich do a warm and fuzzy press conference.
While in the end keeping Green would be ideal, but to get assets of value, a team needs to give up assets of value as well.
Well Spurs fans, how do you as starting front line of Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Omer Asik would look come Playoffs next season?
nice to see asik in spurs for red mamba but green for garcia ? thats not good to hear.. as a spurs fan
You want us to trade a 26 year old for a guy who will be 32 in December? Let's keep getting older. This would be a dumb move if the Rockets did this. And this would be dumb if the Spurs got rid of Danny Green to get Asik. Spurs are rebuilding under the radar and Danny Green is a good piece for us in the rebuilding stage. He's young and still has room for improvement. You talk about Green's shooting, but what about his defense? He defended pretty well in the playoffs and Finals. With a couple of tweaks to his game he can become an even better player for us. Matt Bonner is understandable, but I still give him credit for his effort. Against Memphis he did some good things. Asik is not a bad player, but no on this trade. Trading Splitter for him sounds better in my book.
How about Patty Mills and Bonner for Asik? http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=l9drmtn Trade Machines says it works and since we have so much PG's why not? I mean patty is a good shooter, which Houston can't have enough of and he is a good team mate with a great attitude, always cheering for the team, you may sweeten the trade with a pick or rights to some foreign player. just sayin.
I don't know the real intention of this writer. But trading Danny green for Omer Asik and Francisco Garcia? Is Francisco Garcia a real clutch shooter in the playoffs? Danny's clutch shooting has not reach it's peak yet. But's he's almost there. I said that because of what I saw during the game seven of the finals. If that trade happens, Spurs will start rebuilding again. It's like a video game, the spurs are in the level four (five being the last level) and now you want them to go back to level two? (by trading Danny to Omer Asik and Francisco Garcia). We can find big guys by not compromising Danny Green.
For what it is worth, I think Asik is an elite defender and there is always a place for those guys. I'd rather keep Green as well, but if something could be worked out with say, Bonner and some sort of sign and trade with Neal (is that even possible?) , then I think we would have a big man rotation to terrify a lot of teams. Worth exploring. As Spursfan66 says below though, these guys don't seem to like dealing with us much.
I honestly don't get the big deal with this dude. I've heard good things about this guy, but every time I've seen this guy ball he's like a Tiago on a bad day. Saw him a lot especially against the Thunder in the Playoffs. Fumbled the ball a lot and had it stolen or striped.
Easy for you to say that Danny Green was expendable. After all the sacrifices that dude put up just to get where he is. And Asik cannot upend Tiago's spot. So this is pretty useless.
wouldnt do it if we had to part with danny green. it would be a huge dowgrade for garcia. spurs already have a poor mans omer asik in aron baynes. so this trade wouldnt really make us better.
@FrankLagnayoWabe I would prefer to keep Green as well but bonner for asik wouldn't work as far as cap number goes. Plus to get an asset like Asik, Spurs would need to give up something that Rockets would want (ie a shooter to pair with howard and harden).
Plus when I wrote the article, Gary Neal hadn't signed with the Bucks yet. So that this trade would have made keeping Neal a must.
@JohanBeijer I'm glad i'm not alone in this regard. It has been awhile that i'm suggesting Varejao. The Cavs have several big men.
@The_Black_Silver_Mamba It can happen ONLY in dreams. The Spurs taking Asik? The Spurs can't "afford" him.
@Rambler I believe around the league Green has more value than Neal does. I was thinking of him or Nando with Bonner at first but then looked at value side of the equation and realized that it would have to be green.
@UsernameAlvin Never said Green was expendable, but in order to get something of value, Spurs would have to give something up of value as well.
Defensively it is a push between Asik & Tiagoo, but Asik would be a stronger presence on the block than Splitter, that is how Pacers were able to punish the Heat and we didn't have as much success as they did. Feel that could have pushed us over the top in game 6.
Our inability to seriously get in on the T-Rob discussions when they were looking to move him makes me wonder if this isn't right. Will be interesting to see how this develops.
Yeah - that makes sense. I am sure you are right. At the cost of Green...the trade is expensive. But you just don't get a chance to acquirebtoo many young-ish elite defensive big men. Maybe the Spurs could get creative here. So far the FO hasn't really knocked one out of the park. We missed T-Rob. we missed AK-47. Would be nice if we could find a way to strengthen our team without compromising our core. There may be a chance to do that here. Let's see what happens.
@denver3334 I doubt he's that good enough to steal the starting spot from Tiago and gain the confidence of Pop in just one season. He's definitely better than Tiago but he'll do more harm now that the team is rushing it's chances of winning the title next yr. The line up that SA is building is NOW and not LATER.
@Rambler Ya, Im sure Rox consider themselves contenders now, so helping the western champs should be a no-go imo.