While the world hopes that Dwight Howard has finally made a decision and signed with the Houston Rockets, Cavalier faithful wonder the impact on their team. Remembering that Howard cannot sign his contract until July 10th and its possible he changes his mind, at least once. If Houston does acquire Howard movement should open up, like a plumber putting a snake and some Draino in a clogged sink, Howard has been blocking the flow. Directly this should open up a couple possibilities, both big and small:
As we discussed last night, acquiring Howard could make Asik available as he is not a compliment to Howard. Since news of Howard’s decision came out, reports also surfaced that Asik did not want to play next to or backup Howard. Rumors are that Asik could be traded to either Atlanta, in a sign and trade for Josh Smith, or New Orleans as a deal for Ryan Anderson. Its possible either of these moves go through. If not the Cavs could get involved, either directly to acquire Asik or to take on salary while obtaining an asset.
With Howard gone the Lakers are still over the cap with limited options, and probability of a struggle on the court. The Lakers could look to acquire cap space by either amnestying Gasol or they could trade Gasol to Cleveland and amnesty Metta World Peace giving them amazing salary cap space to either sign a player or to save money for their future. Gasol would be a one year rental for the Cavs but could help them learn to win and play hard. The Cavs shouldn’t have to give up much to acquire him if that is the Lakers’ goal. Gasol could provide post scoring, solid screen and roll, pick and pop and winning attitude option for the team.
While an extremely unlikely scenario, if Asik is moved to Atlanta, its possible the Hawks move Horford as a apart of their starting over phase. Asik would give them a low post defender who would fit perfectly next to Horford, so its not something to expect, but the possibility is there. While Horford does not like playing Center he could fit perfectly next to any number of the young players the Cavs the Cavs have at the power forward spot. He could fit next to Andy Varejao or Tyler Zeller as well.
Unlocking the Market
Even if the Cavs do not pickup any of those players above they should benefit from the opening up of the market. The Cavs and others have been held hostage by Howard’s decision and should see a pickup in movement. As we have seen throughout the off-season any movement in the league can be connected to options with the Cavs.