Over the holiday weekend, the Houston Rockets made top headline of the NBA’s free agent period by signing Dwight Howard to a four-year, $88 million deal.
In turn, Omer Asik, the other 7-footer on the team’s roster is not all that happy. Asik has demanded a trade from the Rockets, but the team has already made it clear that there are no plans in the works to do so. Now with that being said, that doesn’t mean that something can’t necessarily be done down the line — Houston could use some front court depth at the power forward position and while a front line rotation of Asik and Howard could be dominant at times, it’ll hurt the team’s quickness, so it’s not all that ideal.
Fans can understand where Asik is coming from — he comes to Houston and after one fairly dominant season inside for the Rockets could very well be thrown on the back burner to Howard. On the flip side though, Asik has no grounds here to demand a trade, especially considering he is scheduled to make another $5 million next season before becoming eligible to make $14 million during the 2014-15 season.
With Houston’s signing, they should want to move Asik themselves, but that’s a decision that should come on the Rockets’ terms, not Asik’s distaste with the team’s latest signing. Asik averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game this past season, but it’s the first time in his career that he has averaged over four points per game. One solid season doesn’t give anyone grounds to demand trades.
Asik could be a budding and dominant center in the NBA, there’s no denying that, but he’s not there yet, so his decision to demand a trade is a bit over the top.
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