Rockets Trade Omer Asik To Pelicans For First-Round Pick

by June 26, 2014

The Rockets are trying to open up enough cap space to pursue Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and the other top free agents this summer. They took a big step toward doing so last night. From Yahoo Sports:

The Houston Rockets have reached agreement on a trade to send center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a future first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports.


For the Rockets, this is the first step in clearing salary-cap space to pursue LeBron James orCarmelo Anthony in free agency. Houston has to move Jeremy Lin next to create space for a third maximum contract on the roster. Dwight Howard and James Harden are already on max contracts for the Rockets.


The Rockets will acquire what will likely be a late lottery pick, possibly as soon as 2015, from the Pelicans, sources said. The trade cannot be completed until July 10.