Report: Nets/Rockets nearly made deal for Asik
How dangerous would the Houston Rockets be if they managed to add Deron Williams to Dwight Howard and James Harden? I’m going to go with extremely. Yes, extremely dangerous sounds about right.
According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York a deal that would send Deron Williams to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik nearly went down last week.
According to a league source, the Rockets had preliminary talks with the Nets last week about Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Talks never gained any steam, but the source said the Rockets were doing their due diligence and Williams’ name came up. The Nets balked because one of the main reasons Pierce and Garnett agreed to a trade to Brooklyn was to play with Williams, according to the source. Williams, who signed a five-year, $98 million extension in 2012, was playing well upon returning from an ankle injury, and the Nets were looking better.
The Nets apparently pulled out as talks heated up, namely because of the unknown reaction from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The recently added pieces reportedly only came to Brooklyn because they wanted to play with Deron Williams. Even though the threesome isn’t exactly working out in the Big Apple, the negative impact from the two former-Celtics was too much of a calculated risk for the Nets at this point.
With the news of Brook Lopez being out for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, it’s certain that the Nets will need to do something if they plan to right the ship and make some noise. They currently sit at 9-17, which oddly enough, only puts them two game behind in the Atlantic Division.