By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: November 16th, 2013 at 11:52 am EST
Houston center Ömer Faruk Aşık signed with the Rockets to be their center for the long-term.
But this summer, the Rockets jumped at the idea of adding restricted free agent center Dwight Howard. And almost immediately after the team signed Howard to a long-term deal, Aşık demanded a trade for the first time.
The Rockets did not trade Aşık, and again he is unhappy after losing his starting power forward role this week. So, once again, he has demanded that he wants out of Houston, and the Rockets are expected to listen this time.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been linked to Aşık in a possible trade possibility. Current 76ers President and General Manager Sam Hinkie helped get Aşık to sign with the Rockets after leaving the Chicago Bulls.
The 27-year-old center signed a three-year deal with the Rockets for $25.1 million dollars in the summer of 2012. And after this season, he has one year left on his deal.
The 76ers are reportedly interested in Aşık, and Hinkie, in his short time with the team, has been known to gamble. To make a deal work in return for Aşık, the team would likely have to deal Thaddeus Young in return.
Aşık would give the 76ers another 7-footer, as they only have one on their roster. Spencer Hawes, their current starting center, is the only one, and he stands 7-foot-1.
They also have one 6-foot-11 player in Kwame Brown, and three players, who are 6-foot-10. Those are Brandon Davies, Arnett Moultrie, and Daniel Orton. If Nerlens Noel was playing this year, then he would be the other 6-foot-11 player, but head coach Brent Brown said he’s out for the year.
With the Rockets, Aşık is averaging just 5 points per game along with 7.2 rebounds and 0.2 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.
Young, on the other hand, is averaging 14.9 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game in 33.4 minutes per game.
In Houston, Young would join a crowded wing team. They already have Ronnie Brewer, Omri Casspi, Francisco Garcia, and Terrence Jones, who play both shooting guard and small forward for the Rockets.
But with the addition of Young, they would get another young player who is just 25-years-old, to build with their already young nucleus. The Rockets are building around James Harden and Howard, and Young would be a good addition for their future.