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Report: Rockets asking for two first round picks in any trade for Omer Asik

Dec 1, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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We told you that the Rockets were more than willing to deal troubled big man Omer Asik, but that the asking price was extremely high — so high, in fact, that one rival GM called Houston “delusional” in terms of what the team was expecting to net in return on the open market.

Now we have word of exactly what the asking price has been, and delusional doesn’t begin to describe it.

From Alan Hahn of MSG Networks:

It’s December, so the NBA trade market heats up. #Knicks, like others, are shopping, what’s available?

Not much.

The name that is dominating the early rumors is Omer Asik of the Rockets. The disgruntled center can be had, but Houston isn’t just giving him away.

In fact, the Rockets are setting the market high for Asik, with a demand of two first round picks in any deal.

Basic negotiation theory tells you to begin any discussion with an unrealistically high price if you’re the seller in order to artificially inflate the market for your product or service. But you don’t want to go too high, lest you risk offending the buying party to the point where they’ll break off talks together, or be unwilling to engage entirely.

That’s where the Rockets are right now. No one is giving up two first round draft picks for Asik, even though as a player he’s highly thought of by general managers as someone who could anchor a team’s defense inside.

The teams that would have the most interest in Asik are likely fringe contenders that need another strong piece to push them over the top. The Knicks, for example, with Tyson Chandler out due to injury and both Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin being somewhere between hobbled and ineffective this season, would love to talk about dealing for Asik. But they have already mortgaged the future, and have no first round picks to deal until 2018.

Asik isn’t getting dealt at all this season unless that price comes down, but something tells us that Houston may become a lot more reasonable if Asik continues to be a non-factor for them as the trade deadline approaches.

  1. legend30 - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    If they value Asik so much, then why they signed Dwight Howard?

    • Kevin S. - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      You can value somebody highly and still go after somebody who has a shot at being a top-three player in the league.

      • legend30 - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM

        Dwight has a shot at being a top-three player… Seriously?

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        No, he was right about him being top-three player in the league, he just conveniently forgot “pain in the a__.”

      • Kevin S. - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        If the Rockets felt Dwight’s back would be healthy, it’s absolutely reasonable to conclude he could be a top-three player in the league again, and that he’d almost certainly be a top-ten player. Obviously the gamble there is on his health, but signing Howard was all about confidence in Howard, not a lack of confidence in Asik.

    • texxxasmade - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Do you even know what a basketball looks like legend30? While you google image that, type in “Dwight Howard stats” in that little rectangular box with a magnifying glass at the’ll give you stats for him and show him to be the best center in the NBA = top 3 player.

  2. edavidberg - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Houston would be lucky to get a low first round pick for him. He makes a good amount of money and is dead weight on the Houston roster as they don’t have many lineups that can use him.

    • shanelsweet - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      That sounds too low for someone who will be playing starting center minutes, and to be sure, he’s going to be playing starting center minutes ’cause nobody who wants him is going to bring him on board to be a backup.

    • rayvid - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Really….so backing up Howard and getting 15-20min a game isn’t being “In” the lineup???

    • rayvid - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      This is a legitimate starting point for a starting NBA center. Asik is a top 10 center in the NBA right now. If Dwight went down the most significant thing that would happen to the Rockets is their FT% would go up dramatically.

      I personally hope they don’t trade Asik and the worst thing that happens to Asik is he makes 15mill next year as a back up. There are only a handful of players I would want in return for Asik and Aldridge and Love are at the top of that very short list. Everyone think the Rockets HAVE to trade Asik. You just don’t know what you’re talking about.

      Does Asik want out? Yes. Is he causing any trouble? No. Is he playing well in the few minutes he’s getting? Well enough. He hasn’t prevented Houston from winning and he’s getting around 15min a game.

      No rush….Houston can wait. They can hold out until someone meets their price or Howard goes down with an injury. Anyone want to put money on that happening sooner than later?

  3. JHathwell - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Daryl Morey is the basketball equivalent of those people on Ebay that put stuff up under “buy it now” for significantly more than it’s worth, just hoping there is one person stupid enough to go for it. All it takes is one such dummy.

    Just ask Masai Ujiri, who has built his entire resume on fleecing the Knicks.

  4. jzone954 - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Wow ok?

  5. beach305 - Dec 1, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    The guy is a career backup center. Any GM that gives away two first round picks, should be run out of town.

    I say Houston will end up settling for a LOT less.

    • JHathwell - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      Well, we do know that if there is one position people will overpay for it’s Center, but two #1’s is crazy talk.

      I suspect in the end they get either a late #1 or someone’s decent stretch 4.

  6. redbearwoodall - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    If I was a GM, and I had two picks in this year’s draft I wouldn’t trade then for Paul, Durant, OR Lebron. this is absolutely insane.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      You’re absolutly insane

    • kujo37daggs - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:11 AM

      …um…OK let’s give you the benefit of the doubt here. CP3 and Bron are both 28, approaching 29, so you’re only very crazy for saying that. But you wouldn’t trade two 1st-rounders for a 25-year-old Durant? Go take a nap.

  7. fatcamper - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    My sources tell me that Morey is willing to toss in a bridge in Brooklyn to sweeten the deal.

  8. fordmandalay - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    They’ll be lucky to get a #3 and a ham sammich.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      They are counting on the NBA adding a third round to the Draft eh?

  9. sportsfan18 - Dec 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Hey, call up the Nets!

    They may give you their first round picks in 2028 and 2029 (in their defense, it IS their next two first round picks!


  10. crazylegs4 - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Asik is a good piece but where? New Orleans maybe. Lakers for who? Boston for Avery Bradley and Humphries? Don’t think so but maybe with other pieces. Clippers for DeAndre Jordan. Houston would have to include draft choices. Sacramento for Jimmer Fredette and Salmons? not enough

    Anyone have ideas? Most teams have young and up and coming Centers. They will move Asik for a piece. They just haven’t decided what that piece is yet. Near the trading deadline, they will know.

  11. popo187 - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    Omer Asik while actually a decent player is worth nothing on the trade market…you’d be lucky to get a second round pick for him…why? Because he is making 15 mil next year which will destroy any teams salary cap….they should be begging anyone to take him for free

  12. joecain21 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Houston started it high so they could make a big deal about it later. They’ll settle for a 1st and 2nd. I would go after an offensive F-C.

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