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Report: Rockets asking price for Omer Asik “delusional”

Nov 29, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

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Yes, the Houston Rockets are looking to trade Omer Asik and they almost certainly will before the trade deadline.

However it’s likely not happening soon because the difference between what the Rockets see as his value and other teams are willing to give up for him are not in the same zip code. It’s basically the same argument you and your girlfriend have over the value of designer handbags.’s Ken Berger has Asik on top of his Black Friday “most likely to get traded” list but added this note about the idea.

The limiting factor, of course, is that while Asik counts only $8.4 million against the cap/tax, his actual salary next season is $15 million. Given those constraints and Asik’s sad-sack demeanor, one rival GM described the Rockets as “delusional” as far as their asking price for him.

We know that the Rockets are asking for an “impact player” (define “impact” however you choose, it’s pretty vague) or a draft pick in the 2014 lottery (good luck). By the way, forget that Ryan Anderson rumor, it’s not happening.

There are a few market factors at play here:

• When word gets out that a player has asked for a trade the team with his rights loses some leverage and the first offers that come in tend to be lowball/ridiculous offers.

• The Rockets think they are trading the guy who averaged a double-double last season and is a quality defensive big man, something hard to find in the league.

• Both sides think if they are patent the other side will come to their senses and more reasonable offers will can be discussed.

And that last one is sort of what happens — the Rockets will be willing to settle a little, meanwhile another team will understand that a quality big men is not something you can just pick up at Sears. They will meet in the middle and get a deal done.

Just don’t expect it in the near future. Asik is back in the rotation (he played more than 20 minutes in a Rockets game this week) so the Rockets will let this play out for a while. Maybe all the way to the trade deadline.

  1. legend30 - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    3-way trade.

    Knicks acquire: K. Humphries and C. Lee
    Celtics acquire: O. Asik and A. Stoudemire
    Rockets acquire: A. Bradley, B. Bass and J. Sullinger

    • cmehustle - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Salaries dont match up. The knicks and rockets both would need more salary to make the match. Try the ESPN trade machine, that might help you out. Obviously your not a rockets fan judging by your trade lol

    • qadrir - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      You’re delusional. Not happening Asik is far more valuable then all your other players put together. Rockets will either accept a straight up trade for Chris Bosh or first round pick.

      • beach305 - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        I think you are the one who is delusional.

      • rodyaugu - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

        Why would the heat want to trade their talented big man for a guy who has no offensive skills whatsoever and is only in the nba because of his height?

      • raidmagic - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        AHHAHAHAHAHAHHA Straigh up for Bosh?!!! Now that’s funny!

    • legend30 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:20 AM

      1) The salaries does match. 2) I literally made this trade proposal in like 30 seconds. 3) This trade proposal sucks, by now looking at it. 4) Knicks still have James Dolan as the owner.

    • johnheisman - Nov 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Not a chance. I would not trade Sullinger strait up for Asik and he is paid 1/5 of what Asik is paid next year. Bradley is also a keeper.

      Stoudemire is untradeable.

  2. lastdukestreetking - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Houston wants a 3-pt shooter which is why a deal for Ryan Anderson would be great for them. Less so for NO.

    • cmehustle - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      They could use someone like Asik for an interior prescence against bigs that Davis cant provide for them since he’s so frail. But the problem is that the reason Anderson works for Houston is the same reason he works for the Pelicans. Thats why they signed him in the first place.

    • qadrir - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:38 PM

      Not happening.

  3. mrlaloosh - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Have you seen the quality big men at Sears? Think not.

  4. zoomy123 - Nov 29, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    The best possible trade: Omer Asik + Jeremy Lin + Terrence Jones for Chris Bosh. Houston gets an impact player, i.e., a stretch 4 and great defender. Miami gets a younger, better front court + Jeremy Lin to help take the pressure off an aging Wade.

  5. jsala02 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    They aren’t trading TJones. Maybe Lin,Asik, and D Mo, but def not jones

  6. pbtunpaidwriter - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    That’s one ridiculous poison pill to take on next year for a moody big man who can’t shoot FTs and has no offensive game.

    The Rockets should stick with Asik in case something happens to Dwight since they already have so many potential stretch 4s – Terrence Jones, D-Mo, Casspi, etc. They’re not as good as Ryan Anderson but they’re still very good.

    Terrence Jones is better than people think.

  7. isaiah007 - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    The Rockets have been the luckiest team in the league the last few years. First because the NBA was trying to screw the Lakers, the Rockets got lucky and didn’t get Pau Gasol which would have ate most of their cap. Then OKC went Brain dead and traded them Harden for as it turns out not much. Then Dwight falls into their lap. After reading that joke the GM played on Cuban, I would say they are feeling themselves. So it doesn’t surprise me that they think someone outta give them a big time player for Asik. Smh

  8. franbotel - Nov 30, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    The only one delusional is the gm that thinks they can bluff Morey into a bad deal. Check his trade history he is always on the winning side of any trade he is involved in. Its not like Asik deal is crushing the rockets salary crap. The rockets are just going to wait till someone that urgently needs a double double big man pays up.

    • legend30 - Nov 30, 2013 at 3:24 AM

      Until next year, when their paying him $15 million, to be a backup.

      • parlett316 - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Considering it’s 8.3 on the cap, no one but the owner will care.

  9. ddpenny - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    Asik-Bargnani trade would make sense for both sides. short term or long term.

    • logicalcomment - Nov 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      either you are a knicks fan or have never seen bargnani play

  10. itsallhood209 - Nov 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Jason Thompson and John Salmons…. Make it happen….

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