As the Houston Rockets continue to get acclimated to their revamped roster thanks to center Dwight Howard choosing to team up with James Harden this season, one thing has become clear for the rotation: Center Omer Asik has fallen out of good grace with Kevin McHale and his minutes have been reduced significantly.
Asik has reportedly asked for a trade recently — about two weeks ago — and the Rockets originally declined to meet his request. But, after apparently shutting the door on the idea, Houston looks like they may have softened up to it.
According to Mitch Lawrence from the New York Daily News, the Portland Trail Blazers are talking to the Rockets about acquiring Asik in a trade that could send big man Robin Lopez back in return. The Rockets are supposedly looking for a stretch for in return, but Lopez would be the best Portland could offer.
Obviously, LaMarcus Aldridge is probably out of the question here. But, Aldridge was a guy that was reported to want out of Portland within the last year or so. Now that the Blazers are playing so well, I’m not sure if he still feels the same at the moment.
The Blazers started out the season pretty flat defensively, and have enjoyed a pretty soft schedule. But, they have shored it up quite well and currently rank 10th in the league. Asik, without a doubt, would solidify the defensive rotation, and, paired with Aldridge would create a very formidable front court.
Houston, meanwhile, would get a 25-year old big man having a very good season averaging over eight points and eight boards on the year. Would Lopez fit their long-term goals? Posbbily; but, in the meantime the whole Asik headache would be taken care of.