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Rockets made offer for Biedrins?

Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:26 am
Edited on: June 27, 2011 11:06 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

The Rockets are looking to find a new starting center. Yao Ming's future is extremely uncertain, Brad Miller just got traded and Chuck Hayes, the current starter, is only 6-foot-6. So they're targeting some available big men.

One that's seemingly available? Golden State's Andris Biedrins.

According to the Bay Area News Group, the Rockets made an offer, albeit sort of a halfhearted one, for the Warrior seven-footer.

"Was able to confirm reports by the Houston Chronicle that the Rockets are indeed interested in acquiring Biedrins," he wrote. "So why is Biedrins still a Warrior you ask? While this may seem the perfect answer to the Warriors' ills, Golden State, according to multiple sources, are not at all enamored with the Rockets' offer thus far. I've been told the Rockets have offered Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill. Haven't confirmed if they were offered as a package, but the figures add up ... Bottom line for the Warriors: that's not enough."

Biedrins isn't an All-Star center or anything, but Houston's going to have to do better than Jordan Hill and Hasheem Thabeet. Biedrins is a horrible offensively liability, but he's a defensive presence and one of the league's best rebounders. He averaged a double-double for two straight years, including a season of 11.2 rebounds per game.

The Warriors have been rumored to be interested in trading Biedrins for some time. Biedrins though is signed through 2014 making $9 million a season with an early termination option in the final year. So it's understandable that people aren't blowing the Warriors away for a one-way player that's owed $27 million over the next three years. 

Fact is though, Biedrins would probably be a pretty nice fit in Houston. The Rockets need some size and need someone to handle the primary minutes at center. Pretty much anyone will work next to Luis Scola, but Hayes, while a tough, hardworking player, just isn't going to get it done. Biedrins would give depth and size the Rocket front court.

So he'd work well there. They're just going to have to do better than Thabeet. Which is understandable, but really, why are the Warriors intent on hanging on to him? Biedrins isn't a fit for the Warriors and they have young talent that needs to see the floor. Even if you lose the trade, dumping Biedrins is probably for the best.


Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:05 am
 

Rockets made offer for Biedrins?

Refusing to take Thabeet is "hanging on" to Biedrins?  C'mon, man; Thabeet isn't worth a rack of old basketballs.  He has less offensive capability than Biedrins --which is something of an accomplishment -- and won't even board or block shots like Biedrins.  You'd be better off getting NOTHING than having to take on Thabeet, even if only for a cup of coffee and some time in the NBDL.  It's not that the Warriors are hanging on--though I have to ask: which youth do you see filling Biedrins' slot here?  We've got Biedrins, Radmanovic, Tyler, and Udoh with any size, and you'd have to admit Biedrins is the best option there.--it's more a case of the Rockets not grasping very hard.  Offering one of many 6'6" hard working, limited players and a large human keychain wouldn't get many players for you: perhaps, just perhaps, you could claw back Joey Graham for that, but not much more--maybe a rack of basketballs.   In any case, I fail to see how you think the Warriors would benefit by "dumping" Biedrins.


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