Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 9:50 am  |  15 responses

Frustrated Omer Asik to Rejoin the Houston Rockets

After asking for a trade and going AWOL for a few of days, frustrated center Omer Asik will rejoin the Rockets and should be available for Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics. Per the Houston Chronicle: “Totally, I understand where he is coming from – his frustration, sharing the floor,’ Dwight Howard said. ‘I understand it’s tough for him. The only thing I can do is be his friend off the floor and help him anyway I can. I understand its a tough situation for him, but we are all family and we have to learn to fight through frustrations.’ [...] ‘It would be a frustrating thing,’ Chandler Parsons said. ‘He had a great year last year and to bring in someone over him has to be a little frustrating. It is part of the business and you have to be a professional about it and come to work every day. He is on the Rockets so he has to act like that and come to play and come to win. Yeah, he has been fine with me. I stay out of it. Obviously he is frustrated right now, but as his teammate I just try to be encouraging and making sure his head is in the right place because we are going to need him throughout the season. Greg Smith goes down, Marcus Camby has surgery so he is going to play at lot of minutes so I don’t know what he is so upset about. He has to come out here, perform and be a professional about it.’ [...] Asik has not played the past two games and was not on the bench in Saturday’s game after his frustration with his diminished role on last week’s road trip led to him to say he was not ready to play and to ask that he be traded. In the team’s daily meeting Thursday in New York, coach Kevin McHale spoke about players stepping up to contribute in any way possible after a tough overtime loss in Philadelphia in which Asik played just four minutes, according to an individual with knowledge of the meeting. Several players, particularly Pat Beverley and Chandler Parsons, spoke. At one point, McHale asked center Greg Smith if he was ready. Smith said he was, and McHale then asked Asik if he was ready to play that night. According to the person familiar with the conversation, Asik said he would not be ready to play that night and soon met with his agent.”

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  • Björn Atli

    I’d keep him as a backup (20 mpg) and run the pnr with him and Lin against second units, thus murdering any and all of said second units. Plus that way you have insurance if Dwight doesn’t stay healthy.

  • Seth

    What a baby. He had a decent year last season because there was no one else to play center, and now he deserves everything? The Knicks need a big man… maybe they can deal for him.

  • spit hot fiyah

    until u get traded, man up and be a pro. specially if u are making close yo 10 million

  • Jake

    Well his whole reason for leaving Chicago was to get more playing time on the Rockets, and I’d assume that he’s offended at the fact that they don’t see him as a good enough player to start. He averages a double double, play the man at PF.

  • http://allthingsbeatrelated.blogspot.com/ ATBR

    the sheer fact that dwight “understands” where Omer is coming from is hilarious.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I doubt the Knicks can offer anything the Rockets would want short of Iman Shumpert, and that wouldn’t make any sense for the Knicks

  • Seth

    I think you meant it wouldn’t make sense for the Rockets, but yeah, I see what you’re saying.

  • Mike Gilbert

    no, it wouldn’t make any sense for the Knicks. Why would they trade their only capable wing defender for a backup C once Chandler is healthy

  • 23

    Play him at the pf? You haven’t paid much attention to this story have you?

  • robb

    aaaw Dwight wants to be his friend off the floor, how sweet.

  • Tobias Fernandez

    hahaha that has been a disaster

  • Tobias Fernandez

    Omer Asik for Channing Frye and Alex Len is all I could come up with that would be reasonable for both parties on the trade machine lol or else they might as well wait till close to the trade deadline when u can trade with teams that u can actually trade for equal or close to value.

  • ablade

    The problem is, the Rockets want something back for a player who is half way through a £25 million deal, when they’ve only paid a little over 1/5th of the contract and the receiving team will have to pay nearly 4/5ths. I know, for the sake of the cap, they split the total contract over the number of years (so it counts as an $8.3 million py contract), but that is still $10 million more in REAL money next year than the Rockets have paid for his service for the past two seasons, and for some strange reason people are reluctant to pay REAL money when it comes to 8 figures (who’d have thought it?).

    That’s a bad deal for any club who takes him on, not only are they paying him more (than the $8.33 million cap he takes up), but they are effectively also paying the extra amount for the time played in Houston (so it is for Houston’s benefit). Besides which, there’s not a chance on earth he is worth $15 million, even for one year!

    Instead of tanking the Rockets looked at the rules and exploited them to offer players more money than they could earn elsewhere (i.e. matching the offers for Lin/Asik but adding a huge backloaded wad of money at the end, offering Harden a 5 year/30% designated player contract, which OKC couldn’t match, etc), while still leaving enough cap room to sign a star. It was clever thinking and preferable to tanking, but it has come full-circle to slap them on the face, as they can’t now shift the players with huge back-loaded contracts.

    It’s always easy to say in hindsight, but they should have looked to dump Asik instead of Robinson (you actually wonder if they even tried! Maybe nobody would even touch him on a free due to the $15 million bill next year).

    Some team will take him, they might even get a player they want back in return, but I think they’ll have to do something creative (package another player, add some trade picks, etc) to make it happen.

  • Denzel Boksingero

    Omer Asik, Kevin McHale and Daryl Morey for Kevin Love.

  • TripleDouble

    Parsons should keep quiet. His rant was way too long. He sounds like a smarmy fxxx.