HoopsHype Omer Asik rumors

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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

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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

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

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