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Boston Celtics Receive: Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons
Houston Rockets Receive: Rajon Rondo, Courtney Lee, Kelly Olynyk
Why Boston Does It
Omer Asik is going somewhere. Why not Boston?
With this deal, the Celtics would acquire one of the game's premier rebounders and interior defenders in Asik. Don't judge him based on his scoring numbers. He doesn't have much star appeal, but every winning team needs a guy like him in the middle.
While I'm sure Houston would probably do everything in its power to keep him, I'd imagine Parsons would have to be included in any deal for Rondo. Parsons is a terrific all-around scorer with long-term starting potential, and would likely be the No. 1 target for Boston in the deal.
And of course we have Jeremy Lin, who, despite the knee trouble, is experiencing a nice bounce-back season. Lin can thrive in the right role, and I'd like to think a guy like Brad Stevens is capable of creating one for him.
Why Houston Does It
Rondo might actually be the final piece to help Houston emerge as realistic contenders. He, along with James Harden and Dwight Howard, would form quite the nucleus.
The Rockets are currently the No. 5 seed in the West. But you just don't get the feeling this team has a real good shot at winning it.
Rondo has the ability to provide some on-court discipline in the lineup, getting the ball where it needs to go when it needs to get there.
He's a difference maker, and one who could instantly lift the team's playoff ceiling and outlook. If I'm the Rockets and I can acquire Rondo without giving up Harden or Howard, I'm all over it.