HoopsHype Omer Asik rumors

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Asik initially went out after a bruised thigh Dec. 2. Swelling developed in his knee soon after, forcing him to miss the next 11 games, an absence made an even greater issue with backup center Greg Smith also out. “He had some swelling again in his knee,” McHale said. “It seems like he amps it up to a certain level and it swells up again. They’re still trying to figure out what’s causing that swelling when he gets up to a certain level of activity. They MRI, they sent it out again for certain people to look at again. His symptoms are not going the way the doctors think they should be.” Houston Chronicle

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According to a league source, the Rockets had preliminary talks with the Nets last week about Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Talks never gained any steam, but the source said the Rockets were doing their due diligence and Williams' name came up. The Nets balked because one of the main reasons Pierce and Garnett agreed to a trade to Brooklyn was to play with Williams, according to the source. Williams, who signed a five-year, $98 million extension in 2012, was playing well upon returning from an ankle injury, and the Nets were looking better. ESPN.com

December 21, 2013 Updates

While Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge put a lid Thursday on rumors that the team was in talks with the Houston Rockets about a deal for Omer Asik, the two Celtics mentioned in possible swap never seemed too concerned by the chatter. The rumored deal would have sent Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass along with a first-round pick to Houston for the Rockets big man, but Ainge said that while the team was indeed having “discussions”, reports were “embellished.” Boston Globe

Stevens was concerned enough by the trade rumor issue to address it with his players yesterday. “Here’s what I told them today,” Stevens said. “I’m not going to talk to them about anything that’s a rumor. If I know something, my door is always open. They can come in and I’ll tell them straight up what I know. But the bottom line is we live in a world where, every day because of technology, we can better clutter our minds. “I know you all agree with me — we’d love to have a clear mind for one day. You can’t play basketball without a clear mind. You have to do your best to control what you can, and not get too overly concerned about things that aren’t confirmed by people in the position who are ultimately going to make decisions.” Boston Herald

December 20, 2013 Updates

Morey said he spoke to Asik personally on Thursday. “It’s pretty likely that Omer is here for quite a long time,” said Morey. “A lot of the dynamics that went into things not working out don’t change, in terms of the contract and things like that. We did feel like we owed it to Omer to give a strong look at it, but nothing ended up materializing.” Clutchfans

Center Dwight Howard, who took Asik’s starting spot this season, hopes Asik comes back and helps the team win. Howard said he and Asik can be a good combination. But making that combo work is going to take some compromise. “Like we said at the beginning of the year, it is going to take a total team effort for us to win a championship,” Howard said. “I know he has had a rough time, but the only thing we can do as a team is continue to lift him up, continue to try to help him understand that he is a big part of the team. “I know he might not feel that way, but he is.” Houston Chronicle

Asik didn’t practice and left early to see a doctor about his knee, which recently has started to bother him. Players at practice hope Asik is healthy soon and available to play. “He’s great for our team,” guard James Harden said. “He’s one of the best big men in the NBA, defensively as well. He complements our team so well. We’re fortunate to have him on our team.” Houston Chronicle

December 19, 2013 Updates

League sources say Asik's new agent, Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group, left Houston Thursday morning after efforts to get his client routed to greener pastures -- Boston, for example -- did not come to fruition. Houston GM Daryl Morey's desire to move Asik by Thursday so he could subsequently repackage any players involved before the Feb. 20 trade deadline did not outweigh the paucity of unattractive deals on the table. CBSSports.com

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