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The Rockets were previously negotiating with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, which could’ve created a match for the Cavs since they have varying degrees of interest in both Evan Turner and Jeff Green to fill their needs on the wing. But by Wednesday afternoon, league sources indicated the Cavs weren’t close to a deal for either player and by Wednesday night, Yahoo! Sports reported the Cavs had faded significantly in any deal involving Asik and the Rockets. Akron Beacon Journal
Morey has apparently set a Thursday deadline for the deal, and the Celtics, seeking their first legitimate center in his prime since they traded Kendrick Perkins, showed interest. Multiple league sources told the Globe Wednesday it was likely Morey was trying to stir interest in Asik than a deal was in the works. Another league source said that, in fact, a deal was not in the works. Boston Globe
However, late in the evening, yet another league source told the Globe a deal was “close” and the sides were haggling over the draft pick. Another league source said that Bass was not involved in a proposed deal. Boston has nine first-round picks over the next five drafts but would rather not give up one of its two picks in 2014. The Celtics would much rather give Houston the 2015 No. 1 pick they acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers, which might be in the lower first round. Boston Globe
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A day ahead of the Rockets’ self-imposed deadline for executing a trade of disgruntled center Omer Asik, rumors swirled at TD Garden, with sources confirming to Sporting News that the Celtics have engaged in talks with Houston on a deal centered on forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and one of the nine first-round picks the Celtics own in the coming five years. Sporting News
Celtics president Danny Ainge would prefer to trade the Clippers’ 2015 first-rounder, the pick the team obtained as compensation for allowing LA to sign coach Doc Rivers — the Clippers are likely to be a good team next season, which would lessen the value of the pick. The Rockets would prefer to have a pick in the loaded 2014 NBA Draft. Boston owns its pick and the lesser of the picks between the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets. Sporting News
While the discussions to obtain Asik have been very real, a source said that there has been no movement on Rondo, whose name has been dragged into rumors yet again. The Celtics still want Rondo to come back next month, show that he has returned to health after his knee injury, and then decide whether to make a move with him at the trading deadline, or, more likely, around the draft in the offseason. Sporting News
“There is nothing that’s going to happen with that until after the year is over,” the source said. “It would have to be an exceptional offer to get them to make a move like that. It’s not happening, not now." Sporting News
Scott Souza: #Celtics guard Courtney Lee: I only know what y'all know. I only know what y'all know (re: trade rumors). Twitter @scott_souza
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
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