Jun 28, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie during Friday afternoon press conference at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumors: Celtics Rumored to be Third Team in Sixers/Rockets Asik Trade

Per Mark Stein, the Boston Celtics could be the third team in a Sixers/Rockets Omer Asik trade.

Houston and Philly are obvious trading partners because of the strong connection between Rockets GM Daryl Morey and Sixers GM Sam Hinkie. Apparently, Brandon Bass and Jeff Green are two trade chips that the Rockets could be interested in acquiring to move the disgruntled Asik.

The Celtics also possess an extra first-round pick or two (their own pick in 2014 & 2016 + Brooklyn’s) that they could plug into any trade scenario to sweeten the deal. Leave it to Sam Hinkie to swipe some of these picks up.

The Sixers player mentioned mostly is Spencer Hawes. Maybe Hawes going to Houston, who would fit perfectly next to Dwight Howard, and someone like Gerald Wallace and a first-round pick (or two) coming to Philly? I would take Gerald Wallace’s enormous contract for a first-round pick, who wouldn’t? The Sixers salary this season is so low that they can absorb almost any contract in the NBA.

I’m just praying that none of these trade scenarios involve Omer Asik coming to Philly. There’s no need for him here and the Celtics need a legitimate center more than Philly. Asik is owed close to $15 million next season per HoopsHype.com, NO THANK YOU!

While Gerald Wallace is owed around $10 million over the next two seasons, that seems a little more reasonable than Asik. I’m not sure what the Sixers plan to do, but they need to get some picks here. I trust Hinkie (as we all should) and he will get a first-round pick (or two hopefully) out of this deal, while taking a player that won’t be in Philly for long. Don’t leave out the possibility of the Sixers trading whoever they receieve in the deal.

If Asik comes to Philly, don’t rule out Hinkie trading him. The Rockets appear to overvalue Asik, which is why this deal is taking so long to be completed. Hinkie could take on Asik, get extra picks, then flip Asik for more picks. How much of a genius would Hinkie look like if that happened?

The supposed deadline for a deal is Thursday, so keep posted here for your up-to-date Sixers trade information.

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