With roughly 25 percent of the NBA season in the books, the rumor mill has begun to spin and gain speed. Among the whispers are the Miami Heat, who are in search of a backup to Dwyane Wade, and the Houston Rockets, who are looking to deal big man Omer Asik. Trade rumors aside, the Rockets had to face off against the Splash Brothers and the Golden State Warriors.
Houston got off to a strong start and led 32-12 after the first quarter. Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson struggled to find the touch as they shot a combined 29 percent from the field with only one made three-pointer as the Warriors fell 105-83. As for the Rockets, their stars played extremely well as James Harden led the team with 34 points and Dwight Howard contributed a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds.
It was an impressive win for a team dealing with internal issues. Asik has been disgruntled and upset with the franchise since Howard was signed in the offseason. The Turkish center has asked numerous times for a trade and has only seen his playing time plummet.
As the Rockets turned up the heat on the NBA trading pot, Asik sat out Friday night. His absence did not seem to bother the team as they strolled to an easy win and snapped a two-game skid. It is more than likely that Asik wll be dealt in the upcoming weeks, but the details are unknown. Based on the current roster, Houston will be looking to deal the center for another big man to back up Howard. It is possible they pick up a guard, but they extra insurance in the front court.
If Friday night was any indication, the Rockets will be just fine without Asik. When a player is obviously unhappy and disgruntled, the only option is to get rid of him. The organization can only hope they get some compensation in return.