HoopsHype Omer Asik rumors

March 20, 2014 Updates

"I'm happy for the big guy," Howard said. "I'm happy to see him playing. I'm happy to see him healthy. … We need him. He's a big part of our success. He just has to understand that no matter how many minutes he plays, he's a big part of the puzzle. "I'm really proud of him. He's coming on around. It took a little while. I'm still trying to get him to dance a little bit down there, but he'll get better. I'm happy he's more comfortable in his role." Houston Chronicle

March 14, 2014 Updates

The Knicks have held discussions with the Rockets about power forward Omer Asik. Even though Rockets president Daryl Morey is the pioneer of advanced statistics and Anthony has never fared well in some efficiency categories, Morey’s old-school instincts believe he could form a terrific Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden. Rockets management also believes Anthony has made advancements in the grit department the past two seasons. New York Post

March 8, 2014 Updates

The Rockets had a familiar face on the practice court on Saturday afternoon. Hakeem Olajuwon was in the gym working with several players. He spent a lot of time with Omer Asik, Terrence Jones and Dwight Howard. “Its a great learning experience – a Hall of Famer, one of the best bigs to ever play this game and he has so much knowledge and experience,” Jones said. “It’s so much to take in.” Jones said he and Olajuwon worked specifically on post moves. “He has so many counters and ways to get to the middle of the paint, which is the best way to score for a big,” Jones said. “He is teaching me ways to get there.” Houston Chronicle

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The Milwaukee Bucks may be a longshot option for Asik, as they have the sort of starter-caliber power forward that the Rockets covet in the disgruntled Ersan Ilyasova. But as has been the case for months now, the final year of Asik's deal in which he'll be paid approximately $15 million for the 2014-15 season is a major obstacle to any deal. USA Today Sports

According to executives who've engaged in conversations with Houston about Asik, Morey is still setting the price high for the Turkish 7-footer, who was lured away from the Bulls as a restricted free agent in 2012. The structure of the offer sheet Asik signed, which calls for him to be paid $15 million next season, has been problematic. Though his cap hit would be only $8.4 million in 2014-15, any team acquiring Asik before Thursday's deadline would face an expenditure of $17 million for him to play a little more than 100 games -- a tough sell for any owner under the restrictive CBA. CBSSports.com

The Rockets want a first-round pick for Asik, sources say. The Sixers have New Orleans' 2014 pick (1-5 protected), but are looking to use their cap space to acquire first-round picks -- not divest them. CBSSports.com

The Hawks like him, but not at the Rockets' current asking price. CBSSports.com

Sam Amick: Also Rockets-related: big man Omer Asik not expected to get his wish of escaping Houston, as I'm told there's nothing brewing on that front Twitter @sam_amick

February 17, 2014 Updates
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At the time, he was more concerned with playing for the Rockets again. But now that he has returned from his knee and thigh issues, playing Saturday for the first time since Dec. 2, he said there is another reason not to look ahead to playing against Howard. ‘That’s what I plan to do every day,” Asik said. “It won’t be different.” Asik was not sure he has picked up tips for defending Howard. “Of course since I’ve been watching, I know more about him,” Asik said. “I don’t know if that will help. Hopefully, I will play.” Houston Chronicle

February 7, 2014 Updates

Rockets center Omer Asik, who has missed the majority of the season with thigh and knee injuries, went through Thursday’s practice and said he is feeling much better. In response to how his knee was feeling, Asik said, “It’s close to 100 percent. I can’t say 100 percent, but it’s much better. Hopefully I will get a little bit more practice then get back on the court.” Neither coach Kevin McHale or Asik gave an exact date for return, but McHale said it would be “sooner than later.” Houston Chronicle

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