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Report: Omer Asik asks for trade but Rockets have no such plans

Jul 8, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

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Omer Asik might have been one of the losers in the Dwight Howard acquisition — he went from being the Rockets starting center (10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds a game) and defensive anchor to maybe their power forward or a big off the bench who is not going to get the same minutes or many touches in the post now.

So he wants out. And that may not happen.

Asik has been shopped a little and has now formally asked for a trade but the Rockets may not do that (at least not right now), reports Marc Stein at 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….

“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.”

The Rockets did run the twin towers of Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson back in the day, but that may not be the long-term solution here.

Asik had been mentioned in a possible deal for Josh Smith with the Hawks, but that fell apart. Nothing has replaced it.

It is likely the Rockets will eventually deal Asik, but there is no rush. Morey can be patient, see how it plays out and see if another team around the league becomes in desperate need of a defensive-minded traditional center. Then he can make a trade from a position of strength and get some pieces to fill in where the Rockets have needs. The Rockets have the big pieces they need; it’s a matter of getting the right role players in there now.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    We should trade him for a solid power forward

  2. dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    I wouldn’t deal him. He’s valuable and ensures the Rockets always have a quality big man on the court.

    His happiness is irrelevant.

    • spursareold - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Unhappy players are rarely productive, but that aside, you can’t play them together. Neither can shoot anything from beyond 5 feet. The lane would be so clogged, Harden would never score in the paint.

      • hwatt - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        good point, but how did teams do with twin tower offenses before? Didn’t Spurs run it when the Admiral was w/Duncan, along with the Rockets mentioned in the article?

      • paleihe - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        You have to have bigs that can shoot when you’re utilizing a twin towers approach. Duncan, Robinson and Olajuwon all could shoot jumpers.

      • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        How do you figure unhappy players aren’t productive? Who’s to say when a player is happy or not?

        Reserves wanna start, starters wanna be stars, and stars want better teammates.

    • money2long - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      “His happiness is irrelevant.”

      hahahahahahahahahahhaha. this line made me laugh. what a way to end your point. lol. sounded like something a dictator would say. why was this so funny ? lol

      • dondada10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        I coach basketball. If players had their way, they’d receive the outlet, bring it up court, get a screen and shoot a three.

        Asik playing 15-20 minutes vs. the other team’s backup will be extremely valuable. It’ll result in the Rockets winning the end of quarters.

  3. losanginsight - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    The chemistry is already mixing in Houston. One thing that Coward brings to a team solid character.

  4. ecmark00 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Dwight Howard wasn’t traded.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      That has been fixed.

  5. dylude - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I want a shout out for dropping the Ralph Sampson & Hakeem reference on the article a couple days ago.

    Although, I assume Dwight would be the 4. If he can develop a better high block game, it’d be terrible for opposing teams to deal with Asik at the 5 and Dwight at the 4.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Ralph Sampson and Hakeem have about 13 inches on Dwight & Omer.

  6. sfsugator - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Good luck with Howard, he will be gone in 3 years Astros!!!

  7. bellerophon30 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Somebody is going to want a double double center who plays hard and isn’t on a horrible contract. So Asik won’t be a Rocket that much longer. He hopes. Once the dueling Nikola situation sorts out, then center hungry teams (most of them) will start browsing Asik. It just seems like a waste of a valuable asset to have him backing up Dwight.

  8. hwatt - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Well dam the Bulls sure as heck know how to scout and draft centers. Tyson Chandler, Noah, and Asik… you’re welcome, NBA

    • bellerophon30 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Don’t give them too much credit, Tyson Chandler was the number two pick in the draft, and Joakim Noah was on the two time reigning NCAA champs. Hardly invisible players. And they traded Chandler for spare parts in the end, and lucked into Noah because the Knickerbockers signed Eddy Curry (somewhat defensible at the time, kind of).

      Asik was a plum though, the kind of 2nd round pick that all GM’s salivate over.

  9. flyrocket31 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I’m a passionate Rockets fan. and i LOVE that we got Dwight Howard. but why wouldnt he have taken a smaller salary so the team can sign better players? we’d have cap space. and be able to chase other free agents. but now we have no cap space and we have to sign guys to league minimums. while he gets about 22million a year, and the cap is only 58.5 mil

  10. jjthesportsguy - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    With Dwight’s back problems last year, I would definitely beg Asik to stick around without causing a scene. I know that Asik is an after thought in the Dwight situation, but he will give you 75% of Dwight’s production at 50% the price. Asik also isn’t a headcase like Dwight.

    • fatcamper - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM

      He would make a solid insurance policy for Dwight. I’d also be interested to see if they’d implement them at 4 and 5 to make teams shoot from the perimeter in trying to close out games.

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Couldn’t agree more. You have to keep Asik around and happy. I’d be interested to see how a “twin towers” worked. I know the league is big on small ball right now, but the Rockets seem to have 2 very talented big men, and I’m not sure the rest of the west has more than a handful of those combined.

  11. frankyvito - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Ya know? At first I thought Lin & Asik had to be traded. But thinking about it now, they started Lin & Asik last yr, we’re probably making it this yr, and was gonna have a rotation of Jones/Montejunas anyway. A second team with 2 and potentially 3 playoff starters? That’s not bad if you work it right IMO. Lin plays better with the ball in pick n roll situations anyway. That’s already Harden’s job. Canaan, Casspi & Garcia rounding out the bench. It could be hard to beat the waves this team could potentially send at you.

  12. frankyvito - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    *were

  13. bougin89 - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Asik would bring a nice haul in a trade. Don’t you have to shop him to see if you can get a power forward that could play more naturally next to Howard? Wouldn’t the Pelicans be a fit in exchange for Ryan Anderson as the two main pieces of the trade?

    • spursareold - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Why would the Pekicans want an expensive backup to The Unibrow? It works for Houston, but not NOLA.

      • bougin89 - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

        The Unibrow is really good, so don’t take this the wrong way but they’ve been looking for a true center that is a little “wider”(see stronger) since they traded Lopez. Asik might be a little expensive for them after acquiring Jrue and Evans but they could really use him. He would get a lot of minutes, he wouldn’t ride the bench. Lopez played 26 minutes a game for them, Asik would be an upgrade.

  14. stayhigh_247 - Jul 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    This is where Portland should be on the phone since its reported that LaMarcus Aldridge wants out, this would be a win for both sides.

    • rayvid - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      No doubt. The issue that cannot be ignored is Parsons is not getting paid a whole lot right now. If he continues to improve and becomes a star, can the Rockets afford Howard, Harden, Parsons and Aldridge? I don’t see it. It would work for a year or two but then……..

  15. rayvid - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I wonder if we could package Asik and Lin for Zach Randolph??

    • jjthesportsguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Who do the Rockets have to play PG when Lin is gone? Is Beverly the guy in this scenario? It’s possible. I guess he was getting Lin’s minutes in the playoffs.

  16. SportsChump - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

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

    http://sportschump.net/2013/07/10/why-immediately-rejecting-omer-asiks-trade-is-a-solid-second-step-for-the-houston-rockets/11865/

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