HoopsHype Omer Asik rumors

February 7, 2014 Updates

Asik has tried to come back from the injury a handful of times this year, but every time he did, his knee started swelling again. The injury came soon after reports were floating around that Asik wanted to be traded. Asik said the injury and the rumors surrounding him have been frustrating. “All the other stuff, everybody who says maybe that’s not an injury,” Asik said. “But doctors and trainers can tell everyone it’s real and hopefully I am better now. Houston Chronicle

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Q: Do you see Morey making a deal by the deadline? he has always being one of the most active GM’s at the deadline. Bill Ingram: He’s definitely active . . .and it’s no secret who he’s looking to move. He’d love to turn Asik and Lin into a backup center and a long scorer who can defend. If the Rockets don’t make a move it won’t be for lack of trying, it will be for lack of good assets to move. Basketball Insiders

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In a Q&A session with Houston season-ticket holders before Friday night’s 88-87 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, general manager Daryl Morey told the audience that Asik will likely remain a Rocket throughout his entire contract. “We pushed to trade Omer in December,” said Morey. “We felt we had to make a fair and aggressive effort to do that. Obviously, he’d prefer to be a starter. “At this point, Omer is very likely going to be here until the end of his contract at the end of next season, not this season. The window to trade him was [in December], and teams weren’t aggressive enough to get him, so we’re excited about him being a part of our future.” Clutchfans

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Among the interesting tidbits floating around the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev., this week involved the possibility of the Rockets pairing Dwight Howard with Deron Williams in Houston -- an arrangement that now seems farfetched if not impossible. Remember that the thrust of the Nets' multiple attempts to acquire Howard in a trade two seasons ago was to team him up with Williams, who the franchise was trying to re-sign. Both players were on board with teaming up, but the Nets were never able to satisfy Orlando's trade demands. Howard, of course, wound up getting dealt to the Lakers and famously bolted LA for the Rockets as a free agent this past summer. CBSSports.com

But the subject of a Dwight-Deron duo was broached again in recent weeks, with the Rockets and Nets briefly delving into the particulars of a deal that would've sent Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to the Nets for Williams. It made sense on many levels. The Nets would've gotten an insurance policy at center for the often-injured Brook Lopez (who has since been injured again and is out for the year). The Rockets would've solved their own center problem, as Asik doesn't want to remain in Houston. They've been trying to get off the Lin contract, and the Nets are one team that wouldn't mind his $15 million balloon payment next season. All the better to stick it to the Knicks. CBSSports.com

It's right to be concerned, which is why fans immediately began asking if Phoenix might now try to re-tank. It's a valid question. Phoenix started the season with eyes on the top of the draft, and they were ready to use Channing Frye, a crucial floor-spacer, in various three-team trades centered around Omer Asik, per several league sources familiar with those talks. (Phoenix would not have received Asik in those deals.) Bledsoe's injury ensures that Phoenix would be very, very bad if they found a trade for Goran Dragic. Grantland

January 9, 2014 Updates

Q: Huh?? Thad is one of the most sought after players heading to the deadline. Do you know what you are talking about, Keith? Keith Pompey: Yeah, dude, I do. Houston wanted a first-round pick to make the trade work, beause they didn't think Thad was a starting PF. Since then, Thad has been balling to prove that he can start at PF. So yes, I do know what I'm talking about. Philadelphia Inquirer

This goes beyond the widely known desire to grant the trade request of disgruntled center Omer Asik – although for anyone wondering, it now appears more likely that he'll remain with the Rockets past the deadline than it does he'll be dealt. This is about Morey canvassing the league for the sort of talent that can help his team fulfill its own lofty expectations. As is stands, this much is clear: The Rockets are on the lookout for more help on the perimeter, with a focus on finding someone who can provide more punch behind overburdened shooting guard James Harden (he's second in the league in minutes per game at 38.7). USA Today Sports

January 7, 2014 Updates

In addition to the Bobcats, the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns have also been identified as buyers as the deadline approaches. Houston obviously wants to move Omer Asik, but they're buyers because they have championship aspirations and may need to make a move in order to contend in the tough Western Conference. Phoenix has surprised everyone with their 20-12 start and they want to keep winning. They may be open to trading a draft pick or a young asset if it means making the team better today and ensuring a playoff berth. Sulia

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