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Report: Rockets likely to keep Omer Asik past trade deadline

Jan 3, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT

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Last month the Houston Rockets created a pseudo self-imposed deadline in an effort to jump-start trade talks for big man Omer Asik. Before you scoff at the idea, remember that trades and pretty much everything else business related in the NBA doesn’t get done until there is some kind of deadline pressure to make a deal, so why not try to create your own deadline?

Still didn’t work. Houston couldn’t get an offer they liked so they pulled back and kept Asik. They’d play him, but he currently remains out with a bruised right thigh.

While they will listen to offers, don’t be surprised if the Rockets keep him past the Feb. 20 trade deadline, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

Now, Houston is caught in a bit of a no-man’s land. “Teams that are tanking don’t want him to make them better and winning teams want to steal him,” one rival GM said. Plus, teams with room in 2015, when Asik will be a free agent, can sign him anyway – to a more reasonable contract. Asik’s deal, which balloons to a $15 million cash payout next season, becomes more of a trade impediment the closer it gets to the deadline. A new team acquiring Asik before Dec. 15 would’ve owed him an average salary of $10.5 million over two years. At next month’s deadline, with more of his cheaper $8.4 million salary absorbed by the Rockets, that figure would jump to about $12.5 million.

First, if you were trying to create leverage in a trade this is what you would say. Keep that in mind.

To another point however, this is how tanking has really impacted the NBA trade market — in a lot of years there might be teams willing to take on Asik or Pau Gasol or other guys as a way to win some games. In the East, get on a little win streak (and I mean little) and you can make the playoffs. But with this coming draft teams don’t want to do that.

Still, don’t be shocked if the Asik dynamic changes. There are just not that many quality centers out there and plenty of teams that could use one. As the deadline nears teams are going to be more tempted, even at a healthy price, to maybe give him a shot.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Weak.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    And I disagree…there are a lot of quality NBA centers out there. contrary to popular belief.

  3. biasedhomer - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Morey overplayed his hand.

  4. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jan 3, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Morey isn’t as smart as he thinks he is. Nobody would have signed Lin and asik to those deals. He was desperate to make a splash so he signed them and he got lucky he was able to get harden

    • qadrir - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      As a Rockets fan. I agree he’s not as smart as folks in Houston rate him. Look at the deals J Lin, Omer Asik, drafting Royce Wright, drafting the twin @ 14 passing on Kwai Leonard, trading Batum rights to Blazers, trading a very talented defense PF Patterson for a bum Robertson and later giving him to Blazers for nothing. The two deals he got Harden & Howard are still questionable as far as results. Only time will tell how good these deals are? for now we’re stuck with Asik, his value is sliding downhill faster than a bullet train. He is suffering from an injury no doctor can diag. What a waste!!

  5. aldavis4president - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    00maltliquor
    And I disagree…there are a lot of quality NBA centers out there. contrary to popular belief.

    I’m going to have to disagree with your disagreement. The east is starting 3all star small forwards because of the lack of centers. In no specific order I’d say these are the few decent centers in the league.

    Howard,bogus,Chandler,cousins,Mgasol,hibbert,jordan,and maybe Drummond. TRUE centers are a rarity in the league nowadays, although I do think there are some young guys who can take the next step at being a legit rim protecting center, pekovic,vucevic,valanciunas,lopezs,Sanders.

  6. money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    i don’t believe it. ploy to drive up his worth. that whole pseudo deadline was a ploy to put feelers out on the market. he was never going to trade asik and im upset i fell for it at that time. morey all along knew he wouldn’t trade asik well before the deadline. it was him making it seem like he would so when he pulled the cord, he would be showing people he is not to be yanked around. so that when the trade deadline arrived people wouldn’t try to lowball him again. if he shows that early rather than late maybe gm’s would be more incline to put more effort into trying to snatch asik. now this story of them just going to keep him through the deadline is rubbish. letting this story develop now that the rockets will keep him after seeing morey yank the cord earlier in the year would drive up other teams’ willingness not to see him do it again if they truly see this as an opportunity to get a starting center. morey wont let that asset rot on the bench and not get assets. he doesn’t want to see asik walk. he want’s pieces. he is a business man. he will get a deal done for asik this season. book it. he is just trying to play chess.

    i think.

  7. thekingdave - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Yeah, screw Morey. Never mind he’s arguably never lost a trade, continually plucked guys out of the 2nd round like Carl Landry, Chase Budinger, Chandler Parsons, dudes few had heard of playing overseas like Pat Beverley, and completely flipped this roster without the aid of a high lottery pick in a couple years into a potential Western Conference contender. But yes, what a moron. Presti must have been drugged out the day he made the Harden trade since Morey “lucked” into it. Move along toolbag.

  8. money2long - Jan 3, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    i don’t believe it.

    it’s ploy to drive up his worth. that whole pseudo deadline was a ploy to put feelers out on the market. he was never going to trade asik and im upset i fell for it at that time.

    morey knew all along he wouldn’t trade asik well before the deadline. it was him making it seem like he would so that when he pulled the cord, he would be showing people he is not to be yanked around. so that when the trade deadline arrived people wouldn’t try to lowball him again. if he shows that early rather than late maybe gm’s would be more inclined to put more of an effort into trying to snatch asik.

    now this story of them just going to keep him through the deadline is rubbish. letting this story develop now that the rockets will keep him after seeing morey yank the cord earlier in the year would drive up other teams’ willingness not to see him do it again if they truly see this as an opportunity to get a starting center.

    morey wont let that asset rot on the bench and not get assets. he doesn’t want to see asik walk. he wants pieces. he is a business man. he will get a deal done for asik this season. book it. he is just trying to play chess.

  9. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    What does Landry,parsons,and chandler have to do with over paying Lin and asik and getting harden? when other teams okc wanted to make deals with ( wizards, cavs,) didn’t want to give up what was being asked.

    • thekingdave - Jan 3, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Your beyond stupid assertion that he “isn’t as smart as he thinks he is.” The guy’s a hell of a GM. Period. He can’t move Asik this year because he wants him out of the Western Conference for good reason, and this year the East is historically bad, which is saying something. You are beyond a moron if you think the Lin and Asik deals don’t have value as expiring contracts next season. In 2009, he flipped Rafer Alston (out of the league) to Memphis for Kyle Lowry. A year or two ago, he flipped Jordan Hill to LA for Dallas’ future 1st round pick. Lowry was sent to Toronto for their lottery pick. He then packaged Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin (K-Mart No Heart), and those two picks for Harden. My head hurts. I can’t keep coming back here to bicker with 11 year olds.

    • ddarqwon - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Please refer to the first sentence of your previous post.

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