Maple Jordan wrote:
Why does Houston want a 1st round pick? Why would boston trade a first round pick? Confusing trade.
It frees up capspace for Hou for future trades (giving them the ability to take on salaries), good GM's always place importance on a low salary-high upside of a 1st rounder regardless of how their team is currently playing.
For Boston, Asik is likely a better player than anyone they can get with their pick (its likely in the late teens or 20's) and he's young enough to grow with their current squad. It also helps that they have an abundance of picks so they aren't as attached to it.