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Nets' Lopez Injury Open Door For Asik Trade?

The Nets have been, by all accounts, a disaster this year. With losing arguably their most effective player in Robin Lopez (who would have really bet on that this year?) to a broken foot, the Nets are in dire need of a defensive center, especially with Tyson Chandler with the Knicks and the Atlantic division being a very winnable conference this year.

-While Asik's (assumed) 10/12 wouldn't match up to Lopez's offense, the front court defense sure would take a step forward. With an aging KG as your leading rebounder, Asik provides a little bit of security should KG hit the injury bug.

-There would obviously need to be a 3rd team involved to make anything work in Houston's favor since Brooklyn has no trade-able picks worth anything and I highly doubt there is anyone on that aging roster that Morey would find appealing to add to a roster he is trying to construct long-term.

-What does Brooklyn have? A sizable expiring contract in Pierce ($15mil) and a TON of salary expiring '14/15.

-On a random side note... Joe Johnson is shooting over 42% from 3-point range this year.

This is mostly just a bunch of random thoughts that came to me as I heard of the Lopez injury. Any time there is a hit to a team's best center you would have to think that would be a potential landing spot for Asik. It seems to me that Morey would get his wish of not trading in-conference with Asik heading to the Nets and the Nets are very much in the win-now mode.

Whether or not anything comes to fruition between the Nets and Rockets, I see now how holding off on the trade may swing in Morey's favor. I haven't run any statistical analysis on big men injury data through the course of a season, but I would assume that the amount of injuries to centers increases as the season wears on with those big bodies banging in the paint so often. Holding off before the playoff picture is clear allows for the demand for serviceable, if not outright good, centers to increase as teams are still trying to salvage their seasons and haven't given up hope.

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