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Omer Asik has been the subject of trade rumors since Dwight Howard’s landing in Houston became a possibility.
Now that Howard has arrived, it seems like only a matter of time before serious rumors begin to swirl.
And unless the Howard-Asik pairing works out miraculously, the rumors will probably all be true. Asik is simply too much of an asset to marginalize. It’s much wiser for general manager Daryl Morey to ship him out for a player whose skills better suit the team. He’s only waiting for the best offer.
Atlanta’s roster is essentially a glut of assets itself, and Paul Millsap is one of them.
Millsap’s exceptional play at the 4 would fill the biggest hole in Houston’s lineup. His shooting range extends much further from the basket than either Asik or Howard's, and his and Asik’s contracts match almost exactly. As the Hawks struggle through a transitional season, they'll open the doors to all kinds of talks—and they should be more than happy to get a player as valuable as Asik out of those talks.