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Report Omer Asik ready to force a trade because of Dwight Howard

Jul 5, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

Not everyone with the Rockets is pleased Dwight Howard has agreed to sign with Houston.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

How does Los Angeles sound, Omer?

Because the Rockets don’t have the cap space to sign Howard, they must make other moves before officially signing him (unless he’s willing to take less money). That could mean using Asik in a sign-and-trade with the Lakers.

That’s not the only option, though.

Ken Berger of

The Rockets had reportedly been looking to add Smith and Howard, and that would give them a ton of athleticism at the power positions. Their defensive potential would be through the roof.

The Hawks would also get something for Smith, who could leave as a free agent. That trade would finally make Al Horford their main power forward, a position man think suits him better than center.

No longer saving its cap space for Howard or Chris Paul, the Mavericks suddenly need to add quality players and have less-than-great resources to do so. Asik would at least be safer than Andrew Bynum as Dallas’ center.

Regardless of where Asik goes, a trade seems inevitable.

Howard and Asik are both excellent at what they do, but both can take full responsibility for the area near the rim defensively and much of the responsibility offensively. There are diminishing returns for having both on the court at the same time, the expense being another player who fits better with Howard.

Asik had a breakout season, averaging 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, after signing with the Rockets. He had looked good as a Bulls backup, but proving he can handle a starting role means a lot, and he shouldn’t relinquish it.

Everyone involved – the Rockets, Asik and the team that gets him – will all likely be better off if he’s traded.

One last note: Asik’s cap number is $8,374,646 each of the next two seasons. However, his team must pay him $5,225,000 and $14,898,938, according to Mark Deeks of That makes Asik slightly more appealing next season and very unappealing the following season. It will be interesting to see how potential trade partners evaluate that rare contract.

  1. apkyletexas - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Wonder why the Rockets gave both Asik and Lin 3rd-year $15 million dollar guarantees? Must have figured that both players would be long gone by then.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      It was a poison pill to get their old teams to not match. The cap hit for the Rockets is $8.3ish million/year, but for the Knicks and Bulls, it would have been $5M, $5.25M, $15M. That’s brutal.

      • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        Cap hits don’t equal that at all. Teams care moreso about luxury tax. Their contracts are luxury tax friendly(which makes them more trade friendly) in the third year. They will get about 8.7 million a piece the final two years of their respective deals.

      • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        My bad Kevin S. You’re right. I was trying to respond to apkyetexas.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:28 AM

      can Howard play with Lin?

      – Melo(hahahahahahahahahah)

  2. htownred34 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    If splitter is worth his contract, asik is certainly worth it cuz nowadays quality big men are overpayed. I think Lin should be packaged up with asik for smith or somebody else who really wants him…

  3. football58 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Who is Omer Asik?

    • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Says something that doesn’t know basketball.

      • football58 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Can you say that again in English? Your sentence does not make sense.

      • bougin89 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Because I called you a something? Think about it.

    • realdonnymac - Jul 6, 2013 at 6:37 AM

      Stick to football sir. You have no business here.

      • football58 - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        I forget more about basketball everyday than you know about basketball. My comment on Asik was sarcasm, meaning it’s funny when a scrub demands a trade. Asik is not a difference maker in the NBA.

    • bougin89 - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      “I forget more about basketball everyday than you know about basketball. My comment on Asik was sarcasm, meaning it’s funny when a scrub demands a trade. Asik is not a difference maker in the NBA.”

      Says the guy calling Asik a scrub, LOL. Great defensive players definitely don’t matter in the NBA…smh. Ignorance is bliss.

      • football58 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Yeah that great defensive player. How far did that get the Rockets last year?

      • bougin89 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        You must be right, the Rockets aren’t a really young and up and coming team or anything…

        Good job, good effort.

      • football58 - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM

        Yeah half the team in the NBA can be considered up and coming. Run along now.

      • bougin89 - Jul 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        The Rockets were one of the youngest teams in the league last year. Just traded for a very young James Harden all while keeping cap flexibility open. This year they used that on the best center in the league(say what you want about him being a crybaby, but he is the best center in the league) and still have many young trade assets to make other moves. How many other teams can say that?

        You think half of the NBA can?


  4. bellerophon30 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Asik is worth the money, especially if there’s no poison pill for whatever team trades for him. If I was Atlanta I’d take him in a second for Josh Smith. He’ll play better with Horford, and be a lot cheaper than Josh will be. A double-double center who plays hard is worth a lot in the NBA.

    As we’re about to find out with the dueling Nikola’s.

  5. tile84 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Asik to Miami for Miller and Joel… just sayin

    • albertmn - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      More like just dreamin’

  6. rodericksilva - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Lakers won’t pay $15M next year for a guy not worthy of a statue. Get real.

  7. mrsingh24 - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    He’s not going to LA. Lakers made it clear they won’t do a sign and trade. Their definitely not doing one that brings big contracts in Lin and/or Asik.

  8. rileyfree - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    The Rockets don’t need to remove anymore cap space to sign Howard. They have 20 Million available. They are looking to trade Asik and possibly Lin to get Josh Smith.

  9. fnc111 - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    Lakers will win a title before Dope12 does

    • tile84 - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      you remind me of a bitter Dan Gilbert

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      Isn’t that what Dan Gilbert said about LeBron?

    • daddyghi - Jul 6, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      could be.. dwight will probably just go down like yao ming in houston

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 6, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Oh God I hope we can get Asik! We need a 7 ft. defensive, rebounding C. I’ll eat the poison pill.

  11. doubleogator - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Pelicans need a center desperately…go after this one please

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