Omer Asik might not be part of the Houston Rockets roster for much longer.
The Turkish big man has reportedly asked for a trade as he feels he’s not getting the minutes he deserves after the arrival of Dwight Howard, but the Rockets denied him the chance as they feel he’s an important part of the team.
The Rockets should agree to Asik’s demands and test the market for him immediately as he could bring back players that would fill another need for the team.
The defensive-minded center is clearly the second choice as the big man in the middle with the presence of Howard. And since neither of them is capable of playing the power forward position, Howard will be the one having the majority of the minutes. Asik could be a valuable asset for many teams in the NBA, and the Rockets would be wise to see what they can get in return for a player that’s only filling a bench role at this point.
The Rockets definitely need improvements inside, but they could use someone that can stretch the floor like Ryan Anderson or maybe Thaddeus Young. Both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t expected to compete this season, and they could welcome the presence of Asik to strengthen things up near the rim.
The Rockets, on the other hand, would be a great fit especially for someone like Anderson. He already had a lot of success when paired with Howard on the Orlando Magic, and his arrival would also benefit James Harden, who’d have more space to penetrate to the rim while also adding another solid scoring option from the perimeter.
These are all rumors as Houston is still unwilling to give in to Asik’s demands, but if they are really looking to make some noise this year in a stacked Western Conference they should start working on a trade as soon as possible.