The Milwaukee Bucks feature in the latest report on the Houston Rockets' efforts to deal center Omer Asik. According to ESPN NBA writer Marc Stein, the Bucks are ramping up their activity on the trade market after getting off to a dismal start. Before getting into the details, I would highly suggest reading Stein's post for yourself--there's very little context offered, so we're doing a lot of reading between the lines. I should also thank Jeremy at Bucksketball for cluing me into this whole thing in the first place after I spent most of Sunday off the grid.
So, let's jump right in, shall we? AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOO.
Time for a little game of "follow the rumor":
- Somebody is telling Stein that the Bucks are "about the get active on the trade front in the wake of such a poor start". We have no idea who this person(s) is or how he/she came into such information, but that's what Stein is hearing.
- Either that unnamed source or Stein himself has made the connection between the Bucks being ready to deal and Houston making it clear that Asik was available. Therefore, the Bucks are possibly interested in Asik. Logically it's a valid but not necessarily sound argument.
- Stein has also heard that Houston would prefer to ship Asik to the Eastern Conference so they don't have to face him as much. Milwaukee is in the Eastern Conference. Planets continue to align.