With just under a week remaining until the Feb. 20 trade deadline, the rumor mill has been curiously quiet. Maybe the teams working on deals have gone into double-secret stealth mode, and they’re waiting to drop a shocker like “Deron Williams to the Nets” on us. Or maybe all the general managers are too busy clearing snow and ice from their driveways to even think about deals.
Or maybe there just isn’t that much going on.
via NBA Waiver Wire: Rumor Mill Quiet As Deadline Approaches.
You can never really tell, until you’ve seen them play together, how well NBA players will fit together on a team. Some pairings are inspired, like Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett or Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. Others, like Gasol and Dwight Howard, or Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, never really click.
Will this season’s new player combinations click? Twelve games might not be enough time to really make an assessment, but based on what we’ve seen so far, we should be able to make an implication.
via Waiver Wire: New Pairings.
Will the Rockets honor Asik’s request? For now, the answer seems to be no. According to an ESPN report, Asik has been informed that the team is not seeking a deal. Of course, things could change. Denying Asik’s initial request might just be Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey’s way of saying, “I’m not making a move until the market develops.”
If Morey does opt to deal his disgruntled big man, a “stretch four” would be the logical target. Power forwards with the ability to step out and hit a three have thrived playing next to Howard, Rashard Lewis in Orlando being one of the most obvious examples. Someone like New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, who is working his way back from a toe injury, would make a lot of sense for Houston.
via Waiver Wire: Coaching Hot Seat.