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Frustrated Omer Asik switches agents

Dec 11, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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Omer Asik wants to get traded. He’s said that since this summer, but it hasn’t happened as Rockets GM Daryl Morey isn’t going to move until he thinks he has a good deal.

That’s not fast enough for Asik, who made a move and changed agents to one known for helping guys get moved. So reports Ken Berger at

Disgruntled Rockets center Omer Asik is changing agents, switching from Andy Miller to Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, league sources told on Tuesday.

This isn’t going to speed anything up unless Tellem can make a deal. There should be demand for Asik, who proved last season he was a quality NBA starting center averaging 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds a game while playing great defense.

Still, the Rockets are asking a lot for him — a lottery level pick or an impact player — and that combined with his salary are making moving him difficult (his cap hit is $8.3 million but the actual payout is $15 million, which makes a few teams balk).

Asik is going to get moved, but it could be closer to the deadline when it happens. No matter who is Asik’s agent.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Dude your getting paid. Just enjoy the show and shut up. Your going to get traded sooner or later. Stop crying.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      People who complain about players who just play for the money. Then here comes a guy who is passionate about playing and everyone tells him to just shut up and enjoy his money.

  2. pputnam100 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Please God, how about Miami offering them Chris Bosh and some future picks (mortgage our future)? I think that might almost assure MIami a threepeat. Asik is pretty damn smart, tough and good. Could this be possible????

  3. 00maltliquor - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I kiiiiinda understand what he’s going through, I guess.

    He’s been a bench player his whole career until just last year. He’s already 27, this is the peak of your career the next couple of years. Why would he want or accept just being limited to 20 min. or less when you’re entering your prime, after already putting in his dues on the bench before?

    So yeah, he wants out as fast as he can. You never know when you can have a career ending injury. He must want to make some kind of mark in the league, make an All-Star game or two, and just have fun before time runs out, I guess.

    • spursareold - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Asik has already scored the only big contract he’s ever going to get. He’s a defensive banger and rebounder. That isn’t worth what he’s being paid. You can get guys like Reggie Evans to do 85% of what he does for 20% of the cost.

      • stayhigh_247 - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        You clearly haven’t watched his game, he brings more to the table than a Reggie Evans. Dam, can you blame him? He came to H Town under the impression he would be the starter. I like the fact that he’s not feeling it. Not everybody wants to follow, some guys want to lead. I bet Chicago wishes they still had him.

      • tk41 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        You haven’t watched enough of him. Asik is one of the best rim protectors in the league – probably as good or better than D12. Reggie Evans rebounds (tremendously). He does not change shots or dissuade cutters/drivers into the lane – Asik does. Both knowledgeable NBA people and advanced statistics love this guy for what he does on the defensive end.

        Its true that Reggie is 20% of the cost, but he is about 20% of the production. If Reggie was anywhere near the talent of Asik, he wouldn’t rack up 2 DNP-CDs in his last 4 games on a 7-14 team.

  4. ravenswhat - Dec 12, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    He’s a better person to have on a team than the guy that’s replaced him. That’s for damn sho.

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