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Stein: Eyes on C's in Asik sweepstakes

The Houston Rockets have made it clear they intend to trade disgruntled big man Omer Asik this month. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Sunday that the Boston Celtics had the potential assets to attract Houston's interest:

The advice offered to us on Sunday was stern: Keep an eye on Boston. The Celtics possess two players in different salary ranges that would presumably fit in useful ways next to Dwight Howard: Jeff Green and Brandon Bass. The Celts also have a spare first-round draft pick or two to plug into any trade equation to sweeten the deal for Houston, amid rising suspicions around the league that Morey’s Rockets are going to find a way to come out of the Asik saga with at least one future first. The same Rockets who happen to have a GM (Morey) and coach (Kevin McHale) who have long-standing relationships with Celts president Danny Ainge.

Last week, we pondered possible Bass-for-Asik deals in the Celtics Mailbag. The Celtics have nine first-round draft picks over the next five years which will help them wiggle their way into any trade chatter.

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