UPDATE: So remember those Ryan Anderson for Omer Asik rumors from a couple hours ago? Totally made up, per Marc Stein:
Have it on strong authority Pelicans not only haven't talked to Rockets about Asik sign-and-trade but likewise have no interest in him— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 6, 2013
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Dwight Howard has verbally agreed to join the Houston Rockets, ostensibly sending Kobe Bryant sobbing into the arms of Pau Gasol and ending more than a year's worth of speculation as to where he'd land long term.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, but!), his arrival in Houston may set off a new set of chain reactions involving New Orleans. Specifically, center and defensive stalwart Omer Asik is likely on the move. Tonight, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that New Orleans may well be his destination:
New Orleans has shown strong interest in acquiring Rockets center Omer Asik, w/ an offer likely centered on Ryan Anderson, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
No question Ryan Anderson would intrigue the Rockets, but Pelicans may resist moving him without more than Asik in return, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 6, 2013
(Cheers to grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrranderson for having it first in the FanPosts).
More as it breaks..