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Report: Omer Asik asks Rockets to trade him

Nov 14, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

Omer Asik, Ed Davis AP

The Omer Asik and Dwight Howard experiment has not worked out — the Rockets were -18.1 points per 48 minutes when they were paired together (via stats). Kevin McHale held out hope longer than most, but Wednesday threw in the towel and moved Asik out of the starting lineup and on to the bench (he played just 4:22 and not at all in the second half).

Now, Asik wants out — he has asked for a trade, reports Jonathan Feigen at the Houston Chronicle.

With his starting job gone and his playing time slashed, Rockets center Omer Asik has asked to be traded, two individuals with knowledge of the request said Thursday…

The Rockets have no trade involving Asik in the works, with one individual saying a deal is more likely in months than in days.

Asik reportedly was unhappy this summer when the Rockets chased Howard after Asik had a strong season averaging 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds a game, plus being the defensive anchor of a team that made the playoffs. There were trade rumors then, however he was talked into trying to make it work.

It didn’t.

“I would say the situation is very frustrating right now and we’re trying to work through it,”,” (Asik’s agent Andy) Miller said. ““For Omer, the objective has always been to continue to develop and grow as a player. That’s why we came to Houston in the first place. If that objective can’t be met, if we can’t get the right platform to grow and contribute as a player, it’s certainly frustrating.””

Asik makes a very reasonable $8.4 million this season and next.

The Rockets trading Asik was always a strong possibility this season, but Houston GM Daryl Morey is only going to do it when he gets value in return. That’s why this likely doesn’t happen soon — the offers Morey hears in the next weeks will be lowball ones. Morey is in no rush.

But there are teams that need a strong defensive center with a good all around game and eventually a fair offer will come in. Just expect it closer to the trade deadline in February.

  1. wborstiii - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Come to Chicago. We’d be more than happy to have you back instead of having Nazr as a backup.

    • legend30 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      He clearly doesn’t want to be a backup. Is Noah going to play PF?

      • bendover09 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:12 AM

        Where ? Clearly says it why can’t I find it in the article. Looks to me like he just wants some minutes .

    • bigmeechy74 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Either you didn’t read the article or you are too dumb to comprehend it. He obviously doesn’t want to be a backup.

    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Article says, “Omer Asik unhappy being demoted to the bench to be a backup for an All-Star Center.”

      Your first thought is, “Wow, I’m sure he’d love to play for the Bulls and be a backup behind Joaqim Noah, an All-Star center.”


  2. legend30 - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    I would love to show you some places around Miami, Mr. Asik. I promise you would love it here, unlike Houston, where they sign Dwight Coward to replace you. Pat Riley make it happen.

    • kb2408 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      And what exactly will Miami offer… Joel Anthony? Chalmers? Beasley? Oh, I know, Oden?!

      • legend30 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        Yes. It’s wishful thinking… There’s about zero percent chances it’s happening. Didn’t you just said Jim Buss is getting Magic, to get LBJ and Kevin Love? I can’t dream, but you can?

      • 00maltliquor - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        LOL @ legend30!

        Dream away buddy! I dream of Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis, the least you can have is Asik. Let Mr. King Jr. have his dream kb!

        Wait a minute, you got LeBron…….

      • kb2408 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:10 PM

        Yes, I did say that. Touché, my friend, and dream on!!

      • zoomy123 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Chris Bosh? I see no reason why a package deal of Omer Asik + Terrence Jones and other players for Chris Bosh is unreasonable. Miami still has shooters to space the floor but now they would sure up their only weakness which is their front court. Miami immediately gets bigger and younger in their front court. And Houston would start: Beverley, Harden, Parsons, Bosh + Howard. And Bosh and Howard could play together because unlike Asik, Bosh can space the floor.

      • legend30 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Hahah you can dream about Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. I just want Omer Asik! Just want a good 7’0 center. They already have James, Wade, and Bosh, so I don’t want to get too greedy. Let a man dream!

      • belleby123 - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        kb2408 – Nov 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM
        And what exactly will Miami offer…

        All the flopping he can handle.

  3. losanginsight - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    That was fast. So at 6’9, D12 would be their tallest player.

  4. adoombray - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    And this is why you don’t poison pill contracts. that 15 million cap hit in 14/15 makes him little more than a rental on a contender – and a bloated expiring contract next season. Omer might think it sucks now playing Howard’s caddy, but he’s going to experience a whole new level of suck on some 20-25 win team next year.

    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      The salary cap hits are spread out evenly during the contract. While his paycheck his higher in the final year, his salary cap hit is no higher.

      And expiring contracts are valuable if the player is a potential contributor like Omer Asik.

  5. savvybynature - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Portland would be a great fit imo, but not sure what tradeable assets they have.

  6. yomarianob - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    He could be a pretty interesant player for the Pelicans!

    But I don’t know what they can offer, maybe Tyreke? or Ryan Anderson?

    • madnova - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Ryan Anderson was my first thought. The salaries match, the Pelicans get a defensive presence in the middle that allows Davis to avoid the pounding of bigger guys. Houston gets a stretch 4 that can take advantage of being left open due to the attention on Howard and Harden.


    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Tyreke would make little sense – the Rockets don’t need another ball-handling wing player when they have Harden, Lin, and Parsons.

      Anderson is the trade target people have suggested for months, but the Pelicans said they didn’t want to trade him, and now Anderson is injured (making him untradeable until teams see him fully healthy).

  7. cruzan80 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Watching the Knicks VS the Rockets right now. Lin, Asik & Bargnani have been non factors for their teams. I say, Bargnani, Felton & Hardaway Jr. to Houston for Asik & Lin. Salaries match & fills voids for both squads immediately.

    • legend30 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      I was joking about the Miami comment. Obviously that’s not happening, but now on to you’re trade proposal…come on man… really?

      • cruzan80 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Yeah….really. Care to explain why you disagree???

      • legend30 - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        Because Bargnani sucks. Because Felton is 350 lbs. Hardaway is a decent prospect. So you’re basically saying the Rockets should trade Asik for Hardaway Jr. Lin for Felton, how much Lin is going to help the Knicks, and how much Felton is going to help the Rockets? The trade doesn’t benefit no one. Bargnani is soft. Really soft. Soft. Absolutely soft. And the Rockets want to pair him up with Dwight Howard?… come on man… really?

    • detectivejimmymcnulty - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:49 PM

      Asik would become a backup again when Chandler returned. Lin is coming off a couple strong games.

      • cruzan80 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Yes, he would….but not like in Houston. The Knicks have been trying to salvage Chandler over the past two seasons & with him they’ll be able to do just that. They both would play somewhere around 20 minutes per game….similar to when he was in Chicago. Lin’s strong games were only due to the absence of Harden. As you see in tonight’s game with harden back in the lineup…he’s been ghost. They both are poor mans versions of players already on the team. Lin is a poor mans harden & Asik is a poor mans Howard. They need a stretch 4 & a pass 1st PG who wouldn’t turn the ball over…enter Bargnani & Felton. Finally Hardaway Jr. is basically Parsons at shooting guard….he’ll be able to give them great minutes behind Harden.

        As for the Knicks. This gives them a much needed shot in the arm & a scorer who doesn’t occupy Melos space on the court in order to be effective. He attacks the rim & pushes the ball. This as we already know would work in NY.

        @legend, I should’ve known a heat “fan” wouldn’t be able to give any logical basketball imput here.. Just blurt out none seen disguised as humor I guess.

    • kb2408 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Melo wants no parts of Linsanity part 2.

      • cruzan80 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        The TRUTH is Melo is the reason why Lin is in the league….

    • JHathwell - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Jame Dolan would like to have you shot just for even suggesting he trade for Lin again.

      • cruzan80 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        Lol….I don’t doubt that.

    • dohoangquan35 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:38 PM

      a player scored back-to-back 30 points games is considered a non-factor? Are you sure you watched the Rockets?

      • cruzan80 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        A player who was signed to a contract to be the starter who has been benched in favor of someone named Beverly. BTW, those two 30 point games you speak of coincidently was when Harden was out.

    • bigmeechy74 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      I’ve notice the amount of stupid people commenting on this blog dwarfs the number of dumb commenters on the “Hardball Talk” NBC blog. I guess the average NBA fan has a lower IQ or something. Because this is getting out of hand. How could you honestly think that what you wrote makes any sense?

    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Bad trade.
      Knicks are already spending a ton of money on their front-court, and Omer Asik isn’t cheap and doesn’t want to be a backup to Dwight Howard, so I doubt he wants to be a backup for Tyson Chandler when Chandler comes back.

      The Rockets have no use for Felton or Hardaway Jr. They already have ball-handlers in Lin, Harden, and Parsons.
      And Bargnani is overpaid and one-dimensional. No team except for the Knicks wanted him for a reason.

  8. DBabbitt - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Nonfactor, cruzan80? Asik has not played against the Knicks and the first half is almost over. They’ve unofficially benched him because he didn’t try last night. Don’t believe me? Watch the replay.

  9. 00maltliquor - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Asik to the Pelicans for Anderson just makes waaay too much sense for it to not go down….

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      I actually agree with you on something….the world may be coming to an end this weekend.
      Anyway, it’s the deal everyone has been talking about since Howard came to Houston. The only thing that may slow it down is Anderson being injured for now.
      As a seperate deal I would also see about Houston trading DMo for a decent SG. There’s a glut at the 4 for Houston and adding Anderson, along with giving T Jones as much run as he has gotten, will essentially bury DMo at the end of the bench.

  10. jrh54824 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Doesn’t he make 15 million next season? Isnt that how the rockets got him from the bulls was by making the third year 15 million?

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      The way you structure the deal is that if the Bulls match it they have to pay the balloon last year but if he signs with you the salary is broken out evenly over the years. Jeremy Lin has the same thing.

  11. onlyavoice - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Deleted Tweet From Asik To His Team Stated,
    “I Ain’t Got Your Backs No More You N_ _ _ _ _s”

  12. losanginsight - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    That was fast. So now standing at 6’9″ D12 will be the teams tallest starter.

  13. legend30 - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Here’s a good trade that’ll help both teams: Boston get Omer Asik and Rockets get Avery Bradley and Brandon Bass. This trade makes sense. Bradley can play at the 1 and 2 spot, and B. Bass already have some chemistry with Howard, when they play in Orlando. Boston get a nice piece to build for the future. This trade is bound to happen. I’m calling it right now!

  14. dohoangquan35 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    the situation demanded him to come off the bench. He stepped up when is needed, and he played more than 40 mins for a bench player as you called him. Oh, and try to say same thing about Toni Kukoc, remember when he got to returned to the bench when Jordan returned?

  15. dmaq1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Nash for Asik !

    only if this was NBA 2k

    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:36 PM


      The Rockets have 3 young ball handlers in Harden, Lin, and Parsons. Why would they want an old, broken down, overpaid Steve Nash who can’t play defense?

  16. kclanton80 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    We would be happy to have him in Philly and in return we can send spencer Hawes. Hawes is having a very good season and could pair with dwight. He is a good shooter and passer and could play that stretch 4 role. Also our new gm was a part of the rockets front office so im sure we can work out a nice deal. Then I would like for asik to spain his ankle and decide to rest for the whole season to help us secure a lottery pick!!

  17. bknowledge - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I’d like to see Spencer Hawes as the starting power forward for Houston (he could be the back-up center as well).

    I’d value Asik more than Hawes, so not sure if a straight up trade would work…

    maybe: Asik and first round pick for Hawes and Evan Turner

    Paul Milsap is also a player I’d like to see as Houston’s starting power forward. Asik for Milsap?

    • paleihe - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      This would be a horrible trade for Philly. Horrible. What’s beyond horrible?

      Hawes is having an amazing season (16 pts, 10 rbs, 2 three’s), and Turner (23 pts, 6.5 rbs) is finally breaking out. You think Philly is gonna trade those two for an unknown prospect and a decent center? That would be a ridiculously bad move for them.

      • bknowledge - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        Asik is a top 10 center. Next years draft is the touted as the deepest and best in over 10 years.

        Hawes and Turner are marginal starters putting up big numbers on a bad team. Turner is shooting 16% from the 3 this year…and he’s gonna leave Philly in free agency at the end of the year…if he doesn’t leave, Philly is gonna have to overpay him to match whatever fool offer he gets in free agency…

  18. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Omer Asik for David Lee straight up. Win-win-win.

    • thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      I don’t think that’s a win for Houston because floor spacing would still be a problem.
      Yes Lee has more range than Asik, but he’s not the stretch 4 that Houston needs.

    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      ….The Warriors JUST signed Andrew Bogut to around a $12 million per year deal a month ago to be their starting center.

      If Omer Asik was happy being a backup center, he could just stay in Houston. Therefore, any trade suggestion that leads Asik to being a backup would not make much sense.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        You’re right about this… what I was suggesting was that Bogut is a mistake. He hasn’t played more than 30 games in the last three seasons so i can’t believe they’d sign him to a huge extension.

  19. raycharlesj - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Hold your horses Asik, the Rockets have every intention to trade you just not for your benefit but for theirs in good time!!!

  20. chitownmatt - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Wow, its really amazing how many NBA GMs post here on PBT.

    Seriously, to read some of these comments you would think it was a private chat room web-conference for NBA Scouts and GMs only.

    • legend30 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      Am I one those NBA GM’s? Because I’m sure I can do a much better job than the Jazz and Bucks GM’s. Mine knowledge of basketball >>> their basketball knowledge. And it’s not even a debate.

    • casualcommenter - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Yeah, fans should never post comments about potential trades. They should leave that to the GMs.

      And fans should never post comments about game tactics. They should leave that to the coaches.

      And fans should never post comments about specific players’ level of play. They should leave that to the players themselves to comment on.

      So basically, fans should never talk about any aspect of the sport.

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