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The Lakers did have talks with the Houston Rockets, sources say, but those conversations never got serious, even with Houston determined to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik before a self-imposed deadline of Thursday. ESPN.com
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The Boston Celtics have gained traction in trade talks to acquire Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The talks have centered on a package including forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and a first-round pick, sources said. It's unclear if Lee will go to the Rockets or be routed to a third team. Rockets center Dwight Howard and Bass played together on Orlando's frontline, but sources insist Howard was never enamored with the partnership. Yahoo! Sports
Houston has been pursuing a power forward in the deal. Houston general manager Daryl Morey wants a deal done before the end of the week, giving the Rockets the flexibility to trade whomever is acquired in a deal before the Feb. 21 trade deadline. Yahoo! Sports
The Rockets have a self-imposed Thursday deadline to reach agreement on a trade for Asik. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks have faded significantly in conversations for Asik, sources said. The Philadelphia 76ers also have had talks with the Rockets about a possible deal for Asik. Yahoo! Sports
The structure of most of Houston's trade scenarios are three-way deals, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Asik has been demanding a trade since the Rockets signed Howard in July, and has become an increasingly unhappy presence within the franchise's locker room. Houston coach Kevin McHale abandoned a short-lived attempt at starting Asik and Howard on the Rockets' frontline. Asik is considered a starting-caliber NBA center and is especially dominant on the defensive end. He has two years and $20 million left on his deal. Yahoo! Sports
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