Every potential trade for Asik has run up against the following snags: Either the Rockets value Asik higher than the other team, or the pieces we get back mean that we end up with no capable center backup. As much as we all like Greg Smith's eager-beaver attitude, we can't trade Asik without having some kind of center option to back up Howard.
If LA trades with the Cavs and then waives Bynum, I think this gives both the Rockets and the Lakers an opportunity. Why not trade Omer Asik for Jordan Hill and one other expiring? Here's why I think both teams like that trade:
Houston gets to be done with the Asik situation, they get a backup center-PF who has an insane PER for a backup (21) and who plays with energy off the bench. Suffice it to say that Jordan Hill's not going to complain about not starting. He's also familiar with Houston (in most situations, that would be a no-no but apparently Morey is totally OK with re-hiring ex players). Houston also gets some extra cap space for next summer.
LA gets a legit starting defensive center that has proven he can anchor a defense and bring it to elite levels.
The main reason I don't see LA making this deal is their desire to have lots of cap room (since Asik's contract is for 2 more years) this summer. However, if they judge that Asik can be a starting center on a championship team, this may be a trade they think about.
I recognize that this trade is probably a bit favorable for Houston, especially considering the contract situations of the players (it would make more sense if Jordan Hill had 2 years left), so I want to hear your thoughts: what changes would this trade take in order for it to be palatable for both teams, or why don't you think anything along these lines would ever work?