This NBA season is off to a hectic start. We've already had some seriously unfortunate injuries to the likes of Derrick Rose and Marc Gasol, a former second overall pick in Derrick Williams get traded and plenty of other trade rumors have been flying around all season.
This is certainly one way for the NBA to make the early season relevant.
As always is the case, there are rumors that have legs and those that don't. I'll try to sort that all out with the following three rumors.
Rumors about a possible trade involving Houston Rockets center Omer Asik are far from new. After the Rockets acquired center Dwight Howard, a trade bullseye landed on Asik.
Asik's transition to being Howard's backup has not gone smoothly. Asik has been seeking a trade, and the Rockets have apparently had no desire to give into Asik's demands. On the court, Asik has found himself glued to the bench at times. However, since not getting off the bench for a second consecutive game on Nov. 16, he's seen his minutes steadily increase.
Not that that will slow down the rumors; nor should it. Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reports that the Portland Trail Blazers have contacted the Rockets about Asik.
The move makes some sense. The Blazers could offer up center Robin Lopez, and Asik's interior defense would help Portland turn their hot start into a hot season. However, this is not an ideal move for the Rockets.
As Lawrence points out, Houston wants a big man who can shoot from the outside, and I don't blame them for that.
Howard is at his best when he gets the paint to himself. In his trip to the NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic, Howard had the likes of Hedu Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis to stretch the floor.
At some point, I'm sure Asik will find a new home this season. I just wouldn't expect it to be Portland.
The Continuing Lamar Odom Saga
Lamar Odom is still looking for an NBA home. The 34-year-old uniquely talented player has had an eventful offseason. There have been endless reports of substance abuse issues, and his marital status has been a tabloid staple.
Through all of it, Odom has not given up on getting back into the NBA and recently, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported, Odom was in touch with the Los Angeles Clippers.
This move is a no brainer when it comes to basketball reasons. Odom's underrated defense would be a welcomed addition to the Clippers front line. Also, it is no surprise that Odom would seek a return to Los Angeles.
Still, the two sides aren't rushing into this marriage:
Sense I get is that Clippers and Lamar will have a better sense of where things stand in a few weeks. Neither side in a hurry at moment.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) November 23, 2013
Which of these guys will be the first to find a new NBA home?
Perhaps Odom's amateur rap career has something to do with this? There was a release of a now infamous video of Odom rapping with a friend in a video where Odom was south of sober.
Odom admitted he had a lapse in his sobriety and attributed it to alcohol. Whether it was just alcohol or if other substances were involved, it is wise for both sides to wait.
I can't imagine it would be easy for Odom to maintain a fresh trip to sobriety, while under the pressure of having to perform with an NBA team.
Amar'e and His Massive Contract
If Amar'e Stoudemire's contract was not laughably prohibitive, it assuredly would have been traded by now.
Stoudemire can still provide good minutes when healthy, but he is a poor fit with the Carmelo Anthony led Knicks. Also, Stoudemire is on the books for $21,679,893 this season, but has early-termination option for the 2014-15 season. This means, if he were to be traded, his new team would be getting a terminating contract.
This all would be a decent fit for the Boston Celtics, who happen to have a few bad contracts themselves:
While C's not moving Rondo, they would take back Amare in deal n which they could unload longer deals of Gerald Wallace &/or Courtney Lee— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 18, 2013
We'll see how this evolves.
I imagine the Knicks are eager to get rid of Stoudemire and move on, but I have to wonder how hard these two awful teams will peruse a trade that isn't going to do much to alter the direction of the franchise.