Posted December 06, 2013

Report: Rockets intensify efforts to trade Omer Asik

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Omer Asik reportedly requested a trade after losing his starting job. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

Omer Asik reportedly requested a trade after losing his starting job. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)

The Rockets’ desire to trade Omer Asik has intensified and the team has dialed up its efforts to deal the disgruntled center, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.

Asik, 27, reportedly requested a trade in November after losing his starting job to free-agent signing Dwight Howard.

A rival NBA general manager reportedly labeled the Rockets’ demands for Asik “delusional” weeks ago.

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Asik averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds in 82 games as the Rockets’ starting center last season.

Houston coach Kevin McHale attempted to utilize both of his best big men, starting Howard and Asik together to open the season, but Asik eventually was relegated to backup status after a 5-4 start.


2 comments
Aaron14
Aaron14

They can up their intensity all they want but it won't open up salary cap space for any teams willing to absorb his massive poison-pill contract.

NathanSalt
NathanSalt

The 'poison-pill' part of the contract really only would have impacted the Bulls if they had matched the offer the Rockets put forward in 2012 when he was first signed by Houston. For a team that trades for him now the cap hit is the same as what it would be for the Rockets, $8.3M (as opposed to the nearly $14M and change that he would be paid in 14/15).