By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – As I start writing this, there is the possibility that I will have to trash it at any second. We’ve been waiting since Sunday for a big NBA trade, now that the December 15th, ‘anyone can be traded,’ date has passed. Nothing has happened, and I feel like we’re going to see something soon.
** PLEASE NOTE THE TITLE “MADE UP TRADE.” THIS IS NOT A REAL TRADE. IT IS A THOUGHT EXERCISE.**
Two of the teams we’re almost certain to see a trade from, not necessarily with each other, are the Sixers and the Rockets. The Rockets have to deal Omer Asik by the 19th, and the Sixers have three players (Turner, Hawes, Young) who seem likely to be traded.
Many are suggesting that Sam Hinkie and Daryl Morey have a deal in place to trade Omer Asik to the Sixers. I think this is unlikely. It’s far more likely they find another team to sucker into a deal, rather than trying to outduel each other.
With those marching orders, Made Up Trade Master Ethan Giles (@Giles1228 on Twitter) came up with this:
Terrence Jones ($1.6 Million, Three Years)
Donatas Motiejunas ($1.4 Million, Three Years)
John Jenkins ($1.3 Million, Three Years)
Atlanta Hawks 2015 First Round Pick
Paul Milsapp ($9.5 Million, Two Years)
Spencer Hawes ($6.5 Million, One Year)
Omer Asik ($8.4 Million, Two Years)
Why The Sixers Do It: Are you serious? Why don’t they do it. Jones, Motoiejunas and a first round pick for SPENCER HAWES? Yeah, I’d be fine with that. I’d be fine with this trade without the first round pick as well.
Why The Rockets Do It: They turn Asik into two guys who can play along side Dwight Howard. Millsap is a more conventional power forward, who can play away from the basket, and Hawes, though has a center body, has a stretch four game.
Why The Hawks Do It: They are lured by Hinkie and Morey’s evil powers, but do get a solid center to move Al Horford to his more natural, power forward position.