Are the Houston Rockets considering trading Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik to the Brooklyn Nets for Deron Williams? In order to fully understand that rumored deal, you need to take a few steps back.
When the Brooklyn Nets first emerged as a major player in the NBA free agent market, they had a vision in mind. Deron Williams would be their cornerstone. At the time he was recognized as one of the league’s best point guards, and a guy you could pair with any other superstar in the league. Their other target would be Dwight Howard.
Over the past two years, the Nets have made numerous attempts to acquire Howard – more than once when he was with the Orlando Magic, and at least once when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers. Obviously it never panned out. Brooklyn, because of its massive payroll, could only acquire Howard via trade, and nobody ever wanted to pull the trigger on a swap with them.
Howard eventually landed with the Houston Rockets, and he seems relatively happy there.
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Rockets and Nets briefly discussed a trade that would put Howard and Williams together – only not exactly the way Brooklyn had in mind way back when. No, this deal would send Lin and Asik to BK, and leave Williams in a Rockets uniform.
Where you come down on this proposed deal depends a lot on how you view the talents involved. Some see Asik as a great piece for the Nets – a squad severely lacking in legitimate bigs right now. Others seem him as a pouty, annoying baby who is more trouble than he’s worth. Some see Lin as a tremendous offensive talent that can be the floor general of any team. Others see him as a huge defensive liability. Some see Williams as one of the most talented point guards in the league. Others see him as an overrated coach killer.
It’s all about perspective.
No matter how you view the pieces involved, chances are this deal won’t happen. There’s just not enough in it for Brooklyn to completely throw in the towel – especially given how awful the Eastern Conference is and likely will be over the next few years.