The Rockets’ self-imposed deadline to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik came and went, and Houston will reportedly hang on to the big fella for a little while longer.
Per Yahoo! Sports:
Houston general manager Daryl Morey informed Asik’s agent Arn Tellem of his decision on Thursday afternoon, sources said. “This gives [Houston] a chance to buy some more time,” one source involved in the deal process said. The NBA’s trade deadline is Feb. 20.
Asik has a $15 million salary-cap hit next season, and that, combined with rival teams’ unwillingness to package a quality power forward with an unrestricted first-round draft pick, pushed Morey away from making what he believed would be a bad deal now. Boston had offered Houston a package of Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a restricted future first-round pick, but the sides could never come to terms on an agreement. Philadelphia had remained in pursuit of Asik, but Morey found no deal there, either.
The NBA’s trade deadline is on February 20. It would be hard to imagine this unhappy marriage lasting past that point.