The Houston Rockets are determined to trade center Omer Asik, but it seems like they won’t be able to do it unless they lower their expectations.
Several sources are reporting the former Chicago Bulls big man is on the trade block as he won’t find enough minutes with the arrival of Dwight Howard, but GM Daryl Morey is asking for at least two first-round picks to cut ties with the Turkish player.
That’s just way too much for a player that has value only as a defensive stalwart. Asik’s offense is average at best, and while he can definitively produce when given enough minutes, he’s not the kind of player that’s worth two first-round selections. That sounds like the asking price for a savior and while Asik is a serviceable player, he’s nowhere near the quality of the best centers in the NBA.
Asik’s contract is also a major consideration. He signed a three-year, $25 million deal last season and will make slightly more than $5 million this season. It is highly unlikely that any team would be willing to pay a lot for Asik considering his salary and what he brings to the table.
The trade market is only heating up and while there is still plenty of time to make a move, the chances of Asik moving from Houston are quite slim considering that there will be almost no market for him unless the Rockets decide to lower the price. Selling high is a popular move to test what other teams might offer, but if Houston doesn’t adjust properly, the Rockets might be unable to complete the trade that Asik is looking for this year.