Sunday, July 7th, 2013 at 3:29 pm  |  26 responses

Rockets Not Dealing Omer Asik Despite His Desire For Trade

The one (and perhaps only) person within the Houston Rockets organization who was unhappy with the news that Dwight Howard would be joining the franchise was Omer Asik, who promptly requested a trade after the superstar big man made his decision. Unfortunately for Asik, the Rockets have decided they’re not dealing him. Sorry, bud. Per ESPN: “Houston Rockets center Omer Asik has formally asked the team to trade him in the wake of the team landing Dwight Howard in free agency. But the Rockets have no plans to grant Asik’s wish, sources told ESPN.com. While many Rockets players rejoiced at landing Howard last week and spread cheer on their Twitter accounts, Asik had a different reaction. After starting all 82 games for the Rockets last season and averaging 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, Asik was not happy about his playing time and role being diminished. Both Howard and Asik are true centers and in most situations, it would seem playing them together would be challenging. Shortly after Howard announced his decision, Asik was in contact with the team and asked to be moved. The Rockets, however, have turned away offers thus far and will continue to do so, sources said. On Sunday at the Orlando Pro Summer League, Rockets’ coach Kevin McHale said the team will try to mend fences with Asik. ‘With Omer, he had a great year for us last year and really became one of the top centers in the league,’ McHale said. ‘It’s just when you have an opportunity to get Dwight, it’s hard not to. I’m sure Omer right now is a little down in the dumps, but we’ll pick him up.’”

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  • roscoe

    not even for kLove?

    this announcement has “deal creating leverage” all over it.

  • OfftheWall87

    I understand Omer wanting to get traded.

    Don’t see why they would play Asik and Howard together. Howard is good offensively, but he’s not great. And Asik isn’t even good offensively. Unless they’re playing a team like San Antonio with Duncan and Splitter, there’s no need for those two to be out on the floor together.

  • spit hot fiyah

    they can just have asik in the corner shooting threes

  • Guest

    It makes no sense to keep Asik who is a starting center in this league. Houston knows he`s a starter. Asik knows he`s a starter. He will not and should not want to play behind Howard. So, I don`t know how much I believe Houston when they say that they`re not dealing him. Keeping him will only create unnecessary controversy. There are too many teams that need a true center.

  • Enigmatic

    Asik was outstanding as a backup with the Bulls, but he really does deserve to be an NBA starter. I feel for the guy.

  • Yuool

    Formless betcha can’t ketchup. Asik on the block man you can’t stack up.

    Everyone throw your head up and say rockets yeeeahhh.

    Reality check Asik at the four or Dwight at the four and Asik at the 5. No team will get them. That’s trill h town ball tough nose.

    Rockets easily have nba championship only Pacers can have a shot at that team.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol, ESPN

  • LP @ThisisEther

    exactly….They’ll trade him, no doubt…just putting this out there so they can stop getting Lowball offers…

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Maybe people are having short term memory, but Orlando made Howard/Gortat work pretty well. I think between Howard’s injury problems, Asik’s reasonable contract, and rival gms trying to low ball Houston for Asik, it only makes sense for them to keep him.

  • OfftheWall87

    Gortat didn’t start for a season and average 10 points and 11 rebounds like Asik did…numbers that are better than most centers in the league today. He wants to go elsewhere and continue to start because he thinks he deserves to. And anyone who disagrees would have a tough time making a case against him.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Gortat put up 11/8.5 in 4 less minutes per game last year while starting. He put up 15/10 the year before. The current talent levels between them are comparable. Asik does deserve to start and could start on a majority of NBA teams. What I am saying is that it makes sense for the Rockets to keep him. They won’t get fair return value because everyone is expecting them to make a deal. He’s an asset and is on a good deal for his talent level. I see no reason why they should lose that.

  • OfftheWall87

    I can understand them wanting to keep him and I can also understand him wanting to go somewhere else and continue to start. Nothing wrong with either viewpoint.

  • Roy Blumenfeld

    Agreed. I am hoping it will work out for Omer. Houston has a really good shot at making it out of the West this year if they continue to add pieces and stay healthy.

  • Caboose

    Give it a week, Asik will be dealt straight up for Ryan Anderson.

  • grgeblck

    Asik should be dealt. He is no longer interested in the team. Selfishness don’t win championships.

  • grgeblck

    Go to Miami. They really need a true center.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Part of the pitch to Dwight was that Asik and Lin would be there. Morey has said he won’t be dealing either of them and that they both fit great with him. Dwight and Asik would mean instant 48 minute rim protection… I feel for Asik (who deserves to be a starter) but this means the Rockets have the best back-up center in the league.

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    Gortat didn’t start for a season
    and average 10 points and 11 rebounds like Asik did…numbers that are
    better than most centers in the league today. He wants to go elsewhere
    and continue to start because he thinks he deserves to. And anyone who
    disagrees would have a tough time making a case against him.

  • Basketball Coach

    they will trade him, but not at this moment. after getting Dwight, they’ll continue to get low offers for the guy.


  • Sardo Numspa

    Is that the real Enigmatic? The same that hasn’t been seen since 2012?

    Hope so

  • smith stopped smith blocked

    “for the kind of moves that never fails, the weapon’s the choice of kevin mc hale !” he’s gonna learn dwight all his basket-ball knowledge, like he did to KG ! omer Asik is the luckiest guy in the world ! the rockets are loaded at the C position !

  • Enigmatic

    That’s me. Was busy with college stuff.

  • Ben Ireland

    What is this… I don’t even…

  • Serg

    The NBA is a business and Omer Asik is gonna have to suck it up if they don’t deal him. What does he have to lose at moving to the PF spot. He has to sacrifice for the team if they want to build a championship caliber team. Plus how dominant would HOU’s front line be with both Asik AND D12?!! That’s dangerous. If Kevin Mchale can implement a post oriented office, they will be deadly.

  • http://sportschump.net SportsChump

    Rejecting the Omer Asik trade was a smart move for the Houston Rockets and not for the reasons you might think.


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