Mannix & Blakely: Asik to C's deal likely

Mannix & Blakely: Asik to C's deal likely
December 19, 2013, 2:15 am
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Omir Asik may have played his final game for the Houston Rockets.

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A trade that would send 7-footer Omer Asik from the Houston Rockets to the Celtics is likely to happen, Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated each told "SportsNet Central" on Wednesday night.

The rumored deal, which first surfaced Wednesday afternoon, would send Asik to Boston for Celtics forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and a first-round draft pick.

When asked if the deal would get done, Blakley said he thought so, but it might not include Lee, who told Blakely it was his understanding he wouldn't be in a deal if a third team wasn't involved. Trade talks appear to be only between Houston and Boston.

Mannix said he had received texts from NBA sources that told him the trade will happen.

"I think the deal will eventually go through," he said. "They're haggling over draft picks."

The Celtics have acquired several first-rounders and which one they send to Houston is likely the final part of the deal that needs to be resolved, Mannix said.