In the 2014 NBA finals the Miami Heat were out rebounded by 28. In game one the Heat were out rebounded by 10 and by 17 in game four. This is a major area of need for the Heat. For Miami to be champions again they have to find a solid rebounder.
Luckily for the Heat, the Houston Rockets have an extra rebounder, Omar Asik. Asik will be on the last year of his contract and has made it blatantly obvious he does not want to play on a team where he is the backup. So long as Houston has Dwight Howard, Asik will have to play that backup role.
Miami is slack in trade resources, with only two players, Udonis Haslem and Norris Cole, and a bench warmer, Justin Hamilton, under contract for next season. The Heat do have two valuable draft picks, Number 26 and 55, though. The franchise are chasing titles and do not have the time necessary to develop a late first round draft pick. To make the best use of cap space Miami should trade their picks for an immediate contributor.
In December 2013 when the Rockets were fishing Asik around the league, Houston was asking for a first round pick. That is an option the Miami Heat should not second guess. Asik is an outstanding rebounder, averaging 7.9 rebounds a game, while only averaging 20.2 minutes a game. This while sometimes being on the floor with one of the game’s premier rebounders, Dwight Howard.
If Miami could trade their first and second round picks to acquire Asik, they should not hesitate.
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